Difficulty with Problem 1.55  [ENDORSED]

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Alexis Elliott 1J
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Difficulty with Problem 1.55

Postby Alexis Elliott 1J » Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:54 am

For problem 1.55, the wavelength given is in cm^-1. When I attempted to solve this problem I converted the cm to m, but when I checked the solutions manual, the meters where converted to cm, and I got a completely different answer.

I am wondering why the meters in this case where converted to cm and not the other way around, and why (assuming I did my unit conversion correctly, which I believe I did) I still did not get the same answer.

Thank you!

Sydney Wu 2M
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Re: Difficulty with Problem 1.55  [ENDORSED]

Postby Sydney Wu 2M » Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:25 pm

I too, at first, converted the cm into m and got a different answer from the SSM. I re-read the problem, and it is says that it's "common to express energy in terms of v/c with units cm-1" (for this particular kind of spectroscopy). So literally all you have to do is set up v/c = some value with units cm-1, plug in the given value and solve. Conversions are not necessary.

Hope this helps :)

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