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Radiation HW on Alpha Particles

by cconradi
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cconradi
#1
Sep12-10, 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=1.24E-2.62, 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!
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cconradi
#2
Sep12-10, 08:07 PM
P: 3
I think it may be correct if I use to other formula actually. 7 mg/cm^2=1.24E-2.62
Do the math and it equals 7.8 mEv. Sound like a better answer?
Thanks!


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