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Unformatted text preview: Midterm Examination November 5, 2007 Physics 115A, Fall 2007 E. Abers Midterm Examination Solutions and Comments Name 1. 2. 3. 4. Total You may find some of the following useful: integraldisplay  e ax 2 dx = radicalbigg a integraldisplay  x 2 e ax dx = 1 2 radicalbigg a 3 integraldisplay x n e x dx = n ! 2 Midterm Examination Question 1 [20 Points] A photon with angular frequency strikes a free electron at rest. The electron absorbs the photon, and acquires some speed v . Is this process possible? If so, what is the speed of the final electron? If not, show mathematically why not? SOLUTION Suppose the final electron has momentum p and energy E = radicalbig p 2 c 2 + m 2 c 4 . The initial photon has energy planckover2pi1 and momentum q where  q  = planckover2pi1 /c . Energy conservation requires planckover2pi1 + mc 2 = E and momentum conservation requires q = p These are not independent! We also need E 2 = p 2 c 2 + m 2 c 4 Therefore pc + mc 2 = radicalbig p 2 c 2 + m 2 c 4 or p 2 c 2 + 2 mpc 3 + m 2 c 4 = p 2 c 2 + m 2 c 4 and q = p = 0, which is incorrect....
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PHYS 115a taught by Professor Abers during the Fall '08 term at UCLA.
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