(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

The diagram shows two charged spheres X and Y, of masses 2m and m respectively, which are just prevented from falling under gravity by the uniform electric field between the two parallel plates.

If the plates are moved closer together

A X and Y will both remain stationary.

B X and Y will both move upwards with the same acceleration.

C X will have a greater upward acceleration than Y.

D Y will have a greater upward acceleration than X.

(I haven't posted the diagram, but it just shows 2 plates lying horizontally with 2 circles directly in the middle of the 2 plates, one circle twice the size of the other)

2. Relevant equations

F = eq

F = ma

E = V/D

3. The attempt at a solution

The answer is B, but I don't understand why.

Plates moved closer together, E=V/D, so electric field increases in strength.

I understand that in a gravitational field the only force is W=mg, so F=W so ma = mg, g's cancel so a is constant. But in a gravitation field surely F=eq so eq=ma so a = eq/m. In other words, suerely mass would have an effect on the upwards acceleration? So the upwards acceleration of both would not be equal?

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# Homework Help: Acceleration of particles with differing masses in a uniform electric field

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