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Calculating wavelength of light

  1. Oct 9, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    It takes 208.4 kJ of energy to remove 1 mole of electrons from an atom on the surface of rubidium metal.
    What is the maximum wavelength of light capable of doing this?

    2. Relevant equations
    Ephotons=hc/lambda



    3. The attempt at a solution
    I don't know the energy of the photon. I know h=6.626e-34, c=2.9979e8
    I'm trying to find lambda but w/o the Ephoton I don't how to solve the equation.I found the energy to remove a single electron which is 3.461e-19.
     
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  3. Oct 9, 2007 #2

    mgb_phys

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    If you assume that the 208.4kJ was from identical wavelength photons of just the minimum energy to remove the electron, you could work out the energy per photon then use E = hc/lambda to work out the wavelength.
     
  4. Oct 9, 2007 #3
    Thank You, I was using the wrong energy.
     
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