In the equation, the frequency of the light is used but we need wavelength. We can relate frequency and wavelength using the speed of light:
▪ c = speed of light = 3.0x108 m/s
▪ λ = wavelength, m
Substitute in the energy equation:
The energy required to dislodge electrons from sodium metal via the photoelectric effect is 275 kJ/mol . What wavelength (in nm) of light has sufficient energy per photon to dislodge an electron from the surface of sodium?
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