The Photoelectric Effect: Definition, History, Application & Equation


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Which of the following defines the photoelectric effect?

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1. Who was the first to observe and publish observations about the photoelectric effect?

2. Who explained the photoelectric effect?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out how much you understanding about the history of the photoelectric effect with this quiz/worksheet combo. Topics you will need to know in order to pass the quiz include knowing the scientists who pushed these theories forward and the frequency of light shining on a metal.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to see how much you know about:

  • The definition of photoelectric effect
  • The scientist who initially observed the photoelectric effect
  • The scientist who explained this process
  • The effects of brightness and intensity

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the photoelectric effect in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding photoelectrons and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as energy and electrons
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the frequency of light shining on a metal

Additional Learning

To find out more, study the lesson The Photoelectric Effect: Definition, History, Application and Equation. This lesson covers the objectives below:

  • Define photoelectrons
  • Understanding Albert Einstein's role in the history of the photoelectric effect
  • Identify equations of light frequency
  • Recognize how quantum mechanics came to be
  • Define quanta