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max8404

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## Homework Statement

Thanks for everyone that helped me with the physics questions! I had my physics 2 final today and got a 94! There was a question that I could not figure out for a long time. It goes like this.

What would the velocity of the photon be if the Kinetic energy of the photon equals the rest energy of the photon? Express v in terms of c and anything else. Luckily, the question was a multiple choice, and the correct answer (which I guessed) was sqrt(3)/2 x c

I still cannot figure out why this is true.

## Homework Equations

K=1/2mv^2 --> I assume this is the right equation to use...

Er=mc^2

## The Attempt at a Solution

Equaling the two would give you:

1/2mv^2=mc^2

v^2=2c^2

v=sqrt(2) x c

This is obviously not true since you can't go faster than the speed of light. Can someone explain to me how the answer is sqrt(3)/2 x c and why I am getting this thing wrong? Am I using the right Kinetic Energy equation??

Thanks!