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PHYSICS 61A WINTER 2012 Midterm Exam: Feb 7, 2012, 11-12:20pm

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1. (20pt) 2. (15pt) 2. (15pt) 3. (15pt) 4. (15pt) 5. (20pt)

TOTAL: (100pt)

1. Electrons of energy 12.2 eV are red at the hydrogen atoms in a gas discharge tube. Determine the wavelengths of the lines that can be emitted by the hydrogen. [20 points]

Solution: Maximum energy that can be absorbed by a hydrogen atom is equal to electron energy, 12.2 eV. Absorption of this energy could excite atom into an energy state En , assuming atom initially at the ground state.

En = E1 + 12.2 eV = 13.6 ev + 12.2 eV , E1 En = 2 . n Therefore, 14.4 eV = or n = 3.12 . 13.6 eV n2

(1) (2)

(3) (4)

Since n must be an integer, n = 3. There are three possible wavelengths, corresponding to three dierent transitions. 32 21 31 : : : 1 1 1 =R 2 2 2 3 1 1 1 =R 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 =R 2 2 1 3 = (0.011 nm)1 (1/4 1/9) , = (0.011 nm)1 (1/1 1/4) , = (0.011 nm)1 (1/1 1/9) . (5) (6) (7)

2. If the maximum energy imparted to an electron in Compton scattering is 60 keV, what is the wavelength of the incident photon? [15 pt]

Solution: Suppose the incident photon has wavelength 0 and energy E0 , while the scattered photon has wavelength and energy E . The maximum energy goes to the electron when = 180o . In this case, 0 = = The electron gains maximum kinetic energy, E = E0 E = hc hc . 0 0 + (9) 2h = 0.00486 nm . mc (8)

Solve for unknown 0 in the quadratic equation in 2 0 + 0 There are two solutions to the equation: 0 = 2 2
2

hc =0. E

(10)

hc . E

(11)

Only the plus sign gives the physical solution. Thus, 0 = 0.00788 nm . (12)

3. Consider a proton conned to a region of typical nuclear dimensions, about 5 fm. (a) Use the uncertainty principle to estimate its minimum possible kinetic energyin MeV, assuming that it moves only in one dimension. [9 pt] (b) How would your result be modied if the proton were conned in a three-dimensional cube of side 5 fm? [6 pt]

Solution: (a) Kmin = ( hc)2 ( hc)2 = 2ma2 (2mc2 a2 ) (197 MeV fm)2 = 2 (938 MeV) (5 fm)2 = 0.85 MeV . (13) (14) (15)

(b) K= Thus Kmin = 3 0.85 MeV = 2.5 MeV . (17)


2 2 p2 x + py + pz 2m

(16)

4. A surface has light of wavelength 1 = 550 nm incident on it, causing the ejection of photoelectrons for which the stopping potential is Vs1 = 0.2 eV. Suppose the radiation of wavelength 2 = 200 nm were incident on the surface. Calculate (a) the stopping potential Vs2 , [7 points] (b) the work function of the surface, and [4 points] (c) the threshold frequency for the surface. [4 points]

Solution: (a) eV = KEmax = hf W (18) (19) (20) (21)

e(Vs2 Vs1 ) = h(f2 f1 ) h hc 1 1 Vs2 = Vs1 + (f2 f1 ) = Vs1 + e e 2 1 = 0.20 + 1240(1/200 1/550) = 4.15 V

(b) W = hc 1240 eVs1 = 0.2 = 2.05 eV . 1 550 (22)

(c) hf = W f = W 2.07 (1.602 1019 ) = = 500 THz . h 6.63 1034 (23) (24)

5. A photon ( = 0.200 nm) strikes an electron at rest and rebounds at an angle of 120o to its original direction. (a) Find the speed of the photon after the collision. [5 points] (b) Find the wavelength of the photon after the collision. [10 points]

Solution: (a) speed of light in vacuum = c

(b) = + h (1 cos ) mc 6.63 1034 J s (1 cos 120o ) (9.1 1031 Kg)(3 108 m/s) (25) (26) (27)

= 2 1010 m + = 0.2036 nm .

6. An unusually long-lived unstable atomic state has a lifetime of 1 ms. (a) Roughly what is the minimum in its energy? [10 pt] (b) Assuming that the photon emitted when this state decays is visible ( 550 nm), what are the uncerntainty and fractional uncerntainty in its wavelength? [10 pt]

Solution: (a) E (b) = Therefore = 8 1011 nm , and = 1.5 1013 . (30) (31) hc = E hc E = E2 2 E . hc (29) h 6.58 1016 eV s = = 3.3 1013 eV . 2t 2 103 s (28)