Defining eV

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Isaac Wen
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Defining eV

Postby Isaac Wen » Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:13 am

Hi!

I was just wondering what exactly is the unit eV and why it's being used in many of the problems we see (instead of the SI unit J). How is it related to J and do we have to convert it to J every time we have to calculate something energy-related?

Bella Bursulaya 3G
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Re: Defining eV

Postby Bella Bursulaya 3G » Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:31 am

Hi! So Professor Lavelle mentioned that the eV is the amount of kinetic energy that an electron gains from moving across an electric potential difference of 1 volt.

The conversion is 1.602 x 10^-19 J. I am unsure if we need to memorize this, however, if you work with it enough, you'll end up memorizing it haha!

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Re: Defining eV

Postby Bella Bursulaya 3G » Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:32 am

Sorry I forgot to answer the second part of your question. We do need to convert from eV to J I am pretty sure, to make sure all of our units cancel out!

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Re: Defining eV

Postby Chem_Mod » Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:11 am

The conversion between eV and Joules will be given on the formula sheet.

Kelly Yun 2I
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Re: Defining eV

Postby Kelly Yun 2I » Thu Oct 15, 2020 3:43 pm

Would there be an equation for this topic that would not be on the formula sheet but one that we would have to know?

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Re: Defining eV

Postby 805377003 » Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:53 pm

The conversion is 1.602 x 10^-19 J.


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