# The Photoelectric effect

1. Dec 5, 2013

### yaylee

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Suppose a filter allowed through only light of frequency fo (the cut-off frequency) or lower. In this case, what would the stopping potential be?

2. Relevant equations

KEmax = (charge of electron)(stopping potential) = hf - Work function, where Work function = hfcutoff

3. The attempt at a solution

Because the filter is now only allowing lights AT or BELOW the cutoff frequency, we can arrange our eaution as follows:

(e)(Vstopping) = hf - hfcutoff = h(f-fcutoff). But because f = fcutoff, (e)(Vstopping) = 0. Since e has a value of 1.6 x 10^-19 C, this forces stopping potential to be 0. However: this was marked incorrect.

Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated!

2. Dec 6, 2013

### Redbelly98

Staff Emeritus
Somehow, "work function" has become "h*fcutoff" in your work. That is not true. The work function of the material does not change just because the light has passed through a filter.