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Physics 214*
Sample Final Exam
Spring 2010
Last Name:
First Name
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Instructions— Turn off your cell phone and put it away.
This is a closed book exam. You have two (2) hours to complete it.
I. Fill in ALL the information requested on the lines above and sign the Formula Sheet.
II. At the end of this exam, you must return this Exam Booklet complete with all pages, including the formula
sheet, along with your answer sheet. Note that this is a different policy than the one applying to midterm exams.
III. If you do not turn in a complete Exam Booklet, including the formula sheet, your Answer Sheet will not be
graded and you will receive the grade AB (Absent) for this exam. Kindly paper clip the Answer Sheet to the
Exam Booklet
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below each of these letters.
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Before starting work, check to make sure that your test booklet is complete. You should have 15 pages (36
problems), excluding the Formula Sheets at the end. Grading policy is explained on page 2.
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materials during a University Examination can be grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including
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Physics 214*
Sample Final Exam
Spring 2010
Exam Grading Policy—
The exam is worth a total of ___ points; it is composed of two types of questions.
MC5: multiple-choice-five-answer questions, each worth 6 points.
Partial credit will be granted as follows.
(a) If you mark only one answer and it is the correct answer,
you earn 6 points.
(b) If you mark two answers, one of which is the correct answer,
you earn 3 points.
(c) If you mark three answers, one of which is the correct answer,
you earn 2 points.
(d) If you mark no answers, or more than three, you earn 0 points.
MC3: multiple-choice-three-answer questions, each worth 3 points.
No partial credit.
(a) If you mark only one answer and it is the correct answer,
you earn 3 points.
(b) If you mark a wrong answer or no answers, you earn 0 points.
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Sample Final Exam
Spring 2010
1. A beam of photons with wavelength 150 nm and beam of electrons having the same energy
as the photons go through the same slit of width 355 nm. You observe the diffraction pattern
on a distant screen. All angles are measured from the centerline. The photons produce their
first dark band at an angle α. Is the magnitude of α bigger than, equal to, or smaller than the
magnitude the angle, β, where the electrons produce their first dark band?
a. | α | > | β |
b. | α | = | β |
c. | α | < | β |
2. It takes 3.0 eV of energy to excite an electron in a 1-dimensional infinite well from the
ground state to the first excited state. What is the width, L, of the box?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
L = 0.25 nm
L = 0.61 nm
L = 2.10 nm
L = 10.6 nm
L = 109 nm
The next two questions are related to the following situation:
A particle of unknown mass is in a 1-dimensional box of width L = 3.0 x 10-10 m with infinitely
high potential walls at x = 0 and at x = L, and zero potential for 0 < x < L. The particle is in the
second excited state of the box.
3. What is the de Broglie wavelength, λ, of the particle?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
λ = 1.0 x 10-10 m
λ = 2.0 x 10-10 m
λ = 3.0 x 10-10 m
λ = 6.0 x 10-10 m
Not enough information is given.
4. For which values of x is the probability of finding the particle largest?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
Only at x = L/6 and x =5 L/6 (two values of x)
Only at x = L/4 (one value of x)
Only at x = L/6 and at x = L/2 and at x = 5L/6 (three values of x)
The probability is everywhere the same.
Not enough information is given.
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The next two questions are related:
5. How many distinct (n,l,m) states of the hydrogen atom with n = 3 are there? Neglect
electron spin.
a. 1 distinct state
b. 5 distinct states
c. 9 distinct states
6. Which statement about the energies of the (n,l,m) states of the hydrogen atom with n = 3 is
correct?
a. They are all equal to -1.51 eV.
b. The highest (most positive) energy is equal to -1.51 eV, the others are all smaller.
c. At least one energy is equal to -2.44 eV.
d. At least one energy is equal to +3.55 eV.
e. States with larger l have higher energies.
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The next two questions pertain to the following situation:
A particle is in a bound energy state of the finite depth potential well shown.
V
Left
half
Left barrier
Right
half
Right barrier
x
0
L
7. If we measure the particle’s position in the well, which is the more likely result?
a. The particle has a larger wavelength in the left half of the well.
b. The particle has a larger wavelength in the right half of the well.
c. The particle wavelength is the same on both sides of the well.
8. At which values of x is the total energy of the particle the largest?
a. At x = 0
b. At x= L
c. The energy is the same everywhere.
9. The longest wavelength of light that can be absorbed by a particular harmonic oscillator is
λ = 1000 nm. What is the second longest wavelength that can be absorbed?
a. λ = 188 nm
b. λ = 300 nm
c. λ = 500 nm
d. Every λ ≤ 1000 nm can be absorbed.
e. No shorter wavelengths can be absorbed.
10. Consider a well that has an adjustable shape, so that we can vary its two lowest energy
levels, E1 (the ground state) and E2. We will put a particle into a superposition of the two
energy states (i.e., Ψ = a ψ 1 + b ψ 2). Which of these manipulations will increase the frequency
of oscillation of the particle’s spatial probability density?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
Increase E1, keeping E2 constant.
Increase |E2 – E1|.
Increase a, keeping b constant.
Increase |b - a|.
None of the above.
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Spring 2010
The next three questions pertain to the following situation:
An electron is confined to an infinite 1-dimensional well of width L = 1.5 nm. At t = 0, it is in
a superposition of the ground state and second excited state: Ψ(x, t=0) = aψ1 + bψ3, where ψ1
and ψ3 are individually normalized.
11. What is the frequency of oscillation, f, of the spatial probability density?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f = 1.27 x 1014 Hz
f = 2.54 x 1014 Hz
f = 3.24 x 1014 Hz
f = 3.55 x 1015 Hz
f = 2.29 x 1015 Hz
12. Which of these pairs of values of a and b correctly normalizes the wave function and can
result, at some instant of time, in a zero probability density at the middle of the well (i.e., at
x = L/2)?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
a = b = 1/√2
a = b = 1/2
a = √(2/3), b = √(1/3)
a = √(2/3), b = -√(1/3)
No values of a and b will ever result in a zero probability density at the middle of the well.
13. Suppose, now, that a = 0.399 and b = 0.917. If we measure the energy, what is the
probability, P3, of obtaining E3?
a. P3 = 1.00
b. P3 = 0.399
c. P3 = 0.518
d. P3 = 0.841
e. P3 = 0.917
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Sample Final Exam
Spring 2010
The next two questions pertain to the following situation:
The work function (energy needed to remove an electron) of gold is 5.1 eV. Two pieces of
gold (at the same potential) are separated by a distance, L.
L
φ =5.1eV
14. For what value of L will the transmission probability for an electron to cross from one to
the other be T ≈ 10-3? Assume that G = 1 in the formula for the tunneling probability.
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
L = 0.001 nm
L = 0.02 nm
L = 0.1 nm
L = 0.3 nm
L = 4 nm
15. Suppose we increase L by a factor of two from the value required for the transmission
probability, T, to be ≈ 10-3. What is the new value of T?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
T ≈ 10-6
T ≈ 0.5 x 10-3
T ≈ 1 x 10-3
T ≈ 2 x 10-3
T ≈ 0.03
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The next two questions are related:
16. An electron is confined in a 3-dimensional rectangular box (V = 0 inside, and V = ∞
outside) with sides L = 4 nm, 4 nm, and 5 nm. What minimum energy, E, must a photon have
in order to excite the electron out of its ground state. (The electron absorbs the photon.)
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
E = 0.015 eV
E = 0.045 eV
E = 0.071 eV
E = 0.125 eV
E = 0.241 eV
17. Now we put 10 electrons into the box. Assuming the total energy of the system is as low as
possible, and including the effects of spin, how many electrons have the energy of the second
excited state?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
None
1
2
4
All 10
18. Consider a wave function that is a spherical blob with diameter, D, as shown. The average
value of its kinetic energy (if one makes a large number of measurements
of identical systems) is <KE0>. Now, shrink the wave function in all
three dimensions, so that it is a similar spherical blob with diameter half
D. What will be the new average kinetic energy, <KE>?
D
a. <KE> = <KE0>
b. <KE> = 2<KE0>
c. <KE> = 4<KE0>
19. A hydrogen atom is initially at rest (approximately), in an excited state of unknown
quantum number, n. The electron, drops to the next lower energy level, emitting a photon.
Estimate the largest possible recoil velocity of the atom.
a. 0 (the atom does not recoil when it emits a photon)
b. 3.26 m/s
c. 121.6 m/s
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Sample Final Exam
Spring 2010
The next two questions pertain to the following situation:
You are sitting 10 meters from a musician (left-most dot) playing an instrument with a steady
note at some unknown frequency f. You are facing in a direction perpendicular to the direction
of the musician, as shown in the figure below (not to scale):
15 cm
10 m
right ear
left ear
20. The speed of sound in air is 346 m/sec, while the speed in your head depends on whether
the sound propagates directly across (i.e., through your brain, with diameter 15 cm) at vbrain =
1540 m/s, or propagates around the periphery through the skull bone (assumed to be spherical
for this problem) at vskull = 4080 m/s. Assuming the individual intensities from these two paths
are the same, for what frequency will there be destructive interference at your left eardrum?
a. f = 12.6 kHz
b. f = 8.3 kHz
c. f = 2.3 kHz
21. A second musician (“X”) now joins in and they both play a steady middle-C note
(f = 278 Hz) in phase. The second musician sits 2 meters away from the first musician in the
perpendicular direction from the line between you and the first musician, as shown in the
figure below.
X
2m
10 m
right ear
The intensity that each musician produces at your right eardrum when they play alone is
2 W/m2. What is the net intensity, I, at your right eardrum?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
I = 0 W/m2
I = 0.8 W/m2
I = 1.5 W/m2
I = 6.2 W/m2
I = 7.0 W/m2
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22. The Apollo 11 mission landed on the Moon in 1969. Moon hoax enthusiasts often cite a
lack of teloscopic evidence for hardware they left behind. The Hubble
Space Telescope (HST) is the largest orbiting telescope, with a 2.4meter aperture mirror. At closest approach, the HST-moon distance is
376,000 km.
By approximately what factor would we have to increase the HST mirror aperture to resolve
the lunar rover left by the Apollo 11 astronauts under the most optimistic circumstances? Use a
wavelength of 700 nm for the light being detected by the HST and require that we need to
resolve 15 cm features in order to identify it.
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
Factor = 10
Factor = 100
Factor = 1000
Factor = 10000
Factor = 100000
23. Light of unknown wavelength falls on a tiny pinhole. The pattern created by the pinhole
has its first diffraction minimum at an angle 2° from the center line. In a second experiment
light falls on a pinhole with a diameter that is half of that in the first experiment. What is the
angle, θmin, of the first diffraction minimum for the second (smaller) pinhole?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
θmin = 1°
θmin = 2°
θmin = 4°
θmin = 8°
θmin = 16°
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The next two questions pertain to the following situation:
In a two-slit interference experiment, a viewing screen is placed 5 meters directly behind two
slits separated by 4 µm. Coherent, monochromatic light of wavelength λ = 700 nm emerges (in
phase) from the slits. (Assume the slit width is very small compared to the wavelength λ.)
x
4 µm
5m
24. At what value of x on the screen does the largest-order intensity maximum occur (i.e., the
one that is the farthest from the center line)?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
x = 1.2 m
x = 4.4 m
x = 5.0 m
x = 9.0 m
x = 15.7 m
25. What happens to the separation between the existing intensity maxima on the screen as we
increase the slit spacing?
a. The separation decreases.
b. The separation increases.
c. There is no change.
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The next two questions pertain to the following situation:
Consider doubly ionized Lithium (Li++), which has 1 electron orbiting a charge +3 nucleus.
26. Compare ao,Li, the most likely distance for the electron in a Li++ atom to be from the
nucleus, with ao,H, the most likely distance for the electron in a hydrogen atom to be from the
nucleus, assuming the electron is in the ground state in both cases. Which of the following is
true?
a. ao,Li < ao,H
b. ao,Li = ao,H
c. ao,Li > ao,H
27. What is the maximum wavelength,
λmax, of light that would completely
ionize the Li++ (i.e., free the electron
from the nucleus)?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
photon
λmax = 0.665 nm
λmax = 10.1 nm
λmax = 21 nm
λmax = 137 nm
λmax = 487 nm
n=3
n=2
n=1
28. Which of the following statements is true?
a. An ideal metal conducts because each electron ‘belongs’ to every nucleus in the crystal lattice,
while in an ideal insulator, each electron is localized to a single nucleus.
b. Metals conduct much better than insulators because, per gram of material, metals have orders of
magnitude more electrons.
c. At sufficiently low temperatures, (intrinsic) semi-conductors are effectively insulators.
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29. A Ca atom (atomic number = 20) is in the ground state. Light is shined on the atom,
exciting the most energetic electron. Which of the following are possible quantum numbers
(n,l,m) of this excited electron? We omit the electron spin quantum number.
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
(4, 0, 0)
(4, 1, -1), (4, 1, 0), and (4, 1, 1)
(5, 2, +1) and (5, 2, -1)
All of the above
None of the above
30. You are given a collection of quantum dots (treat as 1-D infinite square wells) and a
collection of diatomic molecules (treat as simple harmonic oscillators). You find that the same
wavelength of light will excite both the quantum dots and the molecules from their ground
states to their first excited states. What is the ratio of the photon energies required to further
excite each system from the first excited state to the second excited state?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
Equantum dot/Emolecule = 1
Equantum dot/Emolecule = 6/5
Equantum dot/Emolecule = 5/3
Equantum dot/Emolecule = 15/2
The information given is not sufficient to answer this question.
31. Electron spin resonance (ESR) is a technique much like nuclear magnetic resonance
(NMR), except that it relies on using radio-frequency photons to flip the spin of an electron in
a magnetic field. If the magnetic field applied to the electrons is increased from 0.010 Tesla to
0.011 Tesla, how much, Δf, will the transition frequency change?
a. Δf = 7 MHz
b. Δf = 14 MHz
c. Δf = 28 MHz
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The next three questions pertain to the following situation:
An electron is moving in the
potential, U(x), shown to the right.
This potential is an even function
of x. The energies, E1 = -1.5 eV
and E2 = +0.5 eV, of the two
lowest energy states are indicated
by the dashed lines. Five x values
are labeled A-F in the figure. ψ1(x)
is the wave function of the ground
state, and ψ2(x) is the wave
function of the first excited state.
U(x)
A
B
C
D
F
E2 = +0.5 eV
x
E1 = -1.5 eV
32. Which one of the following statements is not true?
a. ψ1(A) = ψ1(F)
b. ψ2(A) = -ψ2(F)
c. Both ψ1 and ψ2 are proportional to sin(kx) in the regions A < x < B and D < x < F (though
‘k’ might be different for ψ1 and ψ2).
d. dψ1
=0
d x x=C
d ψ2
e.
dx
2
>0
x<A
33. Which wave function penetrates farther into the region x > F? That is, for which wave
function is ψ(x) / ψ(F) larger when x > F?
a. ψ1
b. ψ2
c. They are the same.
34. If the system is prepared in a superposition of ψ1 and ψ2, at what frequency does the
probability density oscillate?
a. f = 4.8 x 1014 Hz
b. f = 3.6 x 1014 Hz
c. f = 1.2 4 x 1014 Hz
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The following two questions refer to this situation:
The graph at the right shows the results of a photoelectric effect experiment in which the
stopping voltage was measured for several frequencies of light.
Vstop(Volts)
The slope of the line is
-15
14
4.0×10 Volts/Hz, and the x-intercept is f0 = 6.0×10 Hz.
35. What is the work function, Φ, of the material?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
Φ = -6.0 eV
Φ = -4.0 eV
Φ = +2.4 eV
Φ = +4.0 eV
Φ = +6.0 eV
f(Hz)
f0
36. What value of Planck’s constant, h, does this data yield?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
h = 6.0×10-34 J.s
h = 6.2×10-34 J.s
h = 6.4×10-34 J.s
h = 6.6×10-34 J.s
h = 6.8×10-34 J.s
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