(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

An X-ray photon is scattered at an angle of θ = 180.0° from an electron that is initially at rest. After scattering, the electron has a speed of 4.67 x 106m/s. Find the wavelength of the incident X-ray photon.

2. Relevant equations

hc/λ = hc/λ′ + KE

λ′ = λ + h/mc (1-cosθ)

3. The attempt at a solution

Ok, I solved the first equation for λ′and set both equal to each other:

hc/λ = hc/λ′ + KE

λ′= λ + (λ/hc)KE (hopefully my algebra isn't off...could somebody check?)

λ + (λ/hc)KE = λ + h/mc (1-cosθ) (subtract λ from both sides)

(λ/hc)KE = h/mc (1-cosθ) (multiply both sides 1/KE)

λ/hc = [h/mc (1-cosθ)]/KE (multiply both sides by hc/1)

λ = [h∧2/m(1-cosθ)]/KE

then plug in numbers....

But, do I have it right so far?

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# Homework Help: Incident X-ray photon problem

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