Photoelectric Effect Interactive Lecture Presentation

A set of interactive lecture presentation Power Point slides to accompany a PHET computer simulation and a student activity sheet.  Together these instructional resources enabling students to visualize many aspects of the photoelectric effect experiment. By working with the simulation, by working through the interactive presentation, and working the problems on the student activity sheet students have the opportunity to gain a better conceptual understanding of the photoelectric effect.

Computer simulation availability courtesy of the University of Colorado-Boulder

Change metals, change the frequency/wavelength, change the intensity of light, change to photon of light model, observe number and speed of ejected electrons from the metal surface (photoelectrons).

Clicker Questions are available. See attached file.



R. N. Steinberg, G. E. Oberem, and L. C. McDermott, “Development of a computer-based tutorial on the photoelectric effect,” American Journal of Physics 64, 1370 (1996).

S. B. McKagan, W. Handley, K. K. Perkins, and C. E. Wieman, “A Research-Based Curriculum for Teaching the Photoelectric Effect,” American Journal of Physics 87, 77 (2009). 

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