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2 charges and Electron

  1. Jan 28, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Two stationary point charges + 3.00 {\rm nC} and + 2.00 {\rm nC} are separated by a distance of 50.0 \rm cm. An electron is released from rest at a point midway between the two charges and moves along the line connecting the two charges

    2. Relevant equations
    What is the speed of the electron when it is 10.0 \rm cm from the + 3.00- {\rm nC} charge?

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Dont know where i am going wrong and need to inpout this like now!


    v = sqrt(2Q(Va-Vb)/m)

    Got Va-Vb = 225

    then surely i just chuck in the value for Q of an Electron and the Mass!

    But no work!
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  3. Jan 28, 2008 #2

    Tom Mattson

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    How the heck did you get that? You don't know what v is!

    I don't know where you pulled that equation from, but it's definitely not the one you want to be using here. Treat this as a problem in conservation of energy. What is the energy of the electron when it is midway between the two charges? What is the energy once it has moved 50cm?
  4. Jan 28, 2008 #3
    i said 0 + q0Va = 1/2mv^2 + q0Vb
  5. Jan 28, 2008 #4

    Tom Mattson

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    That's true, but you're skipping over the important details. You have a formula for calculating the electric potentials of point charges, right?
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