Problem: The light emitted from one of the following electronic transitions (n = 4 → n = 3 or n = 3 → n = 2) in the hydrogen atom caused the photoelectric effect in a particular metal while light from the other transition did not. Which transition was able to cause the photoelectric effect?

FREE Expert Solution

For Photoelectric Effect to occur a photon (light particle) should have sufficient energy to eject electrons on the surface of a metal.

Let’s calculate how much energy each of the light emitted has during each transition:

Use the Balmer equation to solve for wavelength (λ):

83% (17 ratings)
View Complete Written Solution
Problem Details

The light emitted from one of the following electronic transitions (n = 4 → n = 3 or n = 3 → n = 2) in the hydrogen atom caused the photoelectric effect in a particular metal while light from the other transition did not. Which transition was able to cause the photoelectric effect?

Frequently Asked Questions

What scientific concept do you need to know in order to solve this problem?

Our tutors have indicated that to solve this problem you will need to apply the Photoelectric Effect concept. You can view video lessons to learn Photoelectric Effect. Or if you need more Photoelectric Effect practice, you can also practice Photoelectric Effect practice problems.

What professor is this problem relevant for?

Based on our data, we think this problem is relevant for Professor McClure's class at DREXEL.