Register to reply 
Radiation HW on Alpha Particles 
Share this thread: 
#1
Sep1210, 07:58 PM

P: 3

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
How much energy does an alpha particle need to penetrate the minimal protective epidermal layer of skin (Thickness ~7 mg cm^{2} 2. Relevant equations Possibly R=0.56E, E,4 OR R=1.24E2.62, 4<E<8 3. The attempt at a solution I used the equation R=0.56E so, I said that: 7 mg/cm^2=0.56E then divided by 0.56 to get E=12.mEV I guess I'm jsut not sure if I used to correct equation and am confused if the units match up. Thanks for your help! 


#2
Sep1210, 08:07 PM

P: 3

I think it may be correct if I use to other formula actually. 7 mg/cm^2=1.24E2.62
Do the math and it equals 7.8 mEv. Sound like a better answer? Thanks! 


Register to reply 
Related Discussions  
Secondary radiation from alpha particles?  High Energy, Nuclear, Particle Physics  6  
Alpha Radiation  Quantum Physics  2  
Alpha Radiation Shielding  High Energy, Nuclear, Particle Physics  2  
Alpha particles  Introductory Physics Homework  3  
Alpha radiation  Introductory Physics Homework  1 