KS5 Quantum Mechanics

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Quantum Mechanics - Objectives

Content

• Energy of a photon
• Photoelectric emission
• Energy levels and photon emission
• Wave-particle duality

Learning Outcomes

Candidates should be able to:

  • describe the photoelectric effect.
  • show an appreciation of the particulate nature of electromagnetic radiation, i.e. a photon model.
  • recall and use E = hf.
  • convert between different units of the same quantity, e.g. J and eV, J and kWh.
  • explain why the maximum kinetic energy of photoelectrons is independent of intensity, and why the photoelectric current is proportional to intensity of the incident radiation.
  • explain photoelectric phenomena in terms of photon energy and work function energy.
  • understand and explain in terms of photons: Work function φ, threshold frequency f0, stopping potential
  • recall, use and explain the significance of hf = φ + ½m(vmax)2 , where φ is the work function energy of the surface. the stopping potential experiment is not required.
  • define, understand and use the electronvolt (eV) as a unit of energy.
  • Ionisation and excitation; understanding of ionization and excitation in the fluorescent tube.
  • Line spectra (e.g. of atomic hydrogen) as evidence of transitions between discrete energy levels in atoms; hf = E1 - E2
  • electron diffraction suggests the wave nature of particles and the photoelectric effect suggests the particle nature of electromagnetic waves; details of particular methods of particle diffraction are not expected.
  • recall and use the de Broglie equation λ = h/mv, where mv is the momentum.
  • explain how and why the amount of diffraction changes when the momentum of the particle is changed.
  • appreciate how the knowledge and understanding of the nature of matter has changed over time
  • appreciate that such changes need to be evaluated through peer review and validated by the scientific community

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