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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?
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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