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Homework Help: Classical theory of light

  1. May 23, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data


    Why does the classical theory of light waves not explain the existence of a threshold frequency?


    3. The attempt at a solution

    I'm not sure but I think that this is because each "photon" has a specific energy. If this energy is below the E = hf where f is the threshold frequency, it won't emit electrons.

    Do all photons have the same energy supply?

    Please, Help! thanks.
     
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  3. May 23, 2010 #2

    tiny-tim

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    Hi jasper10! :wink:
    Where do photons come in the classical theory of light waves? :smile:
     
  4. May 23, 2010 #3
    What else would be the characteristics of the classical theory?

    do you know any simple website? wikipedia is far too complicated and redundant.
     
  5. May 23, 2010 #4

    tiny-tim

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    You tell us. :smile:

    (but there are no photons in the classical theory of light waves)
     
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