Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 31 - Reading Check Questions (Comprehension): 8

Answer

The ejection of an electron depends on the interaction of one photon with an electron. Photons of violet light are more energetic than red photons.

Work Step by Step

For photons, E = hf, where E is the energy, h is Planck's constant, and f is the photon's vibrational frequency. Violet light has a higher frequency than red light. Because only one photon is needed to eject an electron and give it energy, an intense red light gives less energy to ejected electrons than a weak violet light does. This is discussed on pages 585-587.
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