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Homework Help: Number of K electrons that are ejected from lead

  1. Sep 24, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Determine the number of K electrons ejected from a foil of lead with thickness 0.5 x 10^20 atoms/cm^2. It is bombarded by 10^4 photons that each have an energy of 88keV.

    2. Relevant equations

    From a figure in the book, it shows that u/p (7.483 cm^2/g = .7483 m^2/kg). I think this is the mass attenuation coefficient.
    Z = 82. I think this is the atomic number and is the number of electrons per atom.

    The density of lead is 11360 kg/m^3 and the number of electrons per g is 2.38 x 10^23 electrons/g.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    We need to find number of electrons.
    We know thickness, initial number of photons, their energy, and u/p which is the mass attenuation coefficient I think.

    I'm not really sure of an equation that can relate this information to the number of electrons ejected.

    I know the answer is 903 K electrons because that's what the book gives.

    Can anyone help?
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 24, 2012 #2
    I made a mistake. u/p is .564 m^2/kg for the k electrons
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