Acceleration of Protons and Electrons at a certain distance provided.

In summary, the conversation is about finding the initial acceleration of a proton and an electron when they are 8.00×10e-10 m apart. The formula F=ma is used to calculate the force between the two particles, and the value is divided by the mass of the electron to find the acceleration. The solution was initially incorrect due to a calculator error.
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Homework Statement


If a proton and an electron are released when they are 8.00×10e-10 m apart (typical atomic distances), find the initial acceleration of each of them.

Homework Equations



F=ma
F=kq1q2/re2
F=kee2/r2

The Attempt at a Solution



Since r=8x10e-10, I solved for the force, because the charge between proton and electron will be the same. From that I got 2.88x10e-10. Then, using F=ma, I divided the force by the mass of the electron (9.10 x 10e-31) and got 3.16x10e11. This was wrong so I am stuck here...
 
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Bump please!
 
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The method looks right. I'm not getting the same numbers as you are though. If you get something like e-10 for force and divide by e-31 for electron mass it's nowhere near e11.
 
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Sorry, I meant 3.16 x 10e20. Still isn't correct though.
 
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Ack! Silly me! My calculator was set up incorrectly! I fixed it!

Thank you for helping me understand that I was doing it correctly though!
 
  • #6
I was going to suggest you check the calculator batteries, F wasn't right either.
 

Related to Acceleration of Protons and Electrons at a certain distance provided.

1. How does the acceleration of protons and electrons occur at a certain distance?

The acceleration of protons and electrons at a certain distance is caused by an electric field. When the charged particles are placed in the electric field, they experience a force that accelerates them in the direction of the field.

2. What factors affect the acceleration of protons and electrons at a certain distance?

The acceleration of protons and electrons at a certain distance is affected by the strength of the electric field, the distance between the particles and the source of the field, and the mass and charge of the particles.

3. Can the acceleration of protons and electrons be controlled at a certain distance?

Yes, the acceleration of protons and electrons at a certain distance can be controlled by adjusting the strength and direction of the electric field. This can be done using devices such as particle accelerators.

4. What applications does the acceleration of protons and electrons at a certain distance have?

The acceleration of protons and electrons at a certain distance has various applications in fields such as medical imaging, nuclear energy, and materials science. It is also used in scientific research to study the behavior of charged particles.

5. How is the acceleration of protons and electrons at a certain distance measured?

The acceleration of protons and electrons at a certain distance can be measured using devices such as accelerometers, which detect changes in velocity. In particle accelerators, the acceleration is measured by tracking the particles' paths and calculating their change in velocity over a certain distance.

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