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Photoelectic effect and units

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Homework Statement


HI, I have this photoelectric effect problem, it is not so difficult but when i got to the units and red about it , i got confused.
The Problem : Photo-electrons are completely hold up by electric potential with potential of 3V. The work function is given. I have to calculate the incident light frequency.


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The Attempt at a Solution


So the equation is
Emax=hfinc

And the units are
[V]=[J]-[J]
This does not work. So I thought lets convert them to eV which is possible for [J].
But when I start to think about the V -> eV its gets confusing because V are not measurement of energy but eV are.

So what do you think guys, can I just do the conversion from [v] to [ev] by multiplying V by e or it is wrong?
 

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Emax does not denote the stopping potential, but the kinetic energy of a photoelectron. You need to find the relationship between electric potential and energy of a charge in a field.
 

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