Velocity of Ejected electron

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Alexia Joseph 2B
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Velocity of Ejected electron

Postby Alexia Joseph 2B » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:07 pm

Hi I had a question about the work function, specifically from #7 part b on the second quiz that we took. I know we were supposed to use the formula Ek=1/2*m*v^2, but were we supposed to use the work function at all during this part? What exactly is the work function other than being the threshold energy necessary for the energy of the photon to surpass to eject an electron?

lauren chung 2f
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Re: Velocity of Ejected electron

Postby lauren chung 2f » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:44 pm

No we were not required to use the work function for #7b

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Re: Velocity of Ejected electron

Postby Kimberly Santander3L » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:45 pm

Work function is the energy needed to release an electron from a metal surface.

Sophie 1I
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Re: Velocity of Ejected electron

Postby Sophie 1I » Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:25 pm

To find the velocity of the ejected electron you use the kineticE=(1/2)mv^2 equation. You then plug in energy of the ejected electron given to you in part a and set it equal to 1/2 times the mass of an electron times v^2. You do not need to use the work function.

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Re: Velocity of Ejected electron

Postby Sophie 1I » Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:26 pm

Work functions are used when you are trying to find the kinetic energy of an ejected electron in which case you would take the energy supplied by the photon minus the work function.


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