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Calculating Scattering Angle of two charged particles

  1. Aug 24, 2010 #1

    Gib Z

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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Two identical particles of mass M are moving at speeds V/2 in parallel planes in opposite directions. As they approach each other they experience an attractive force with magnitude [tex]F = A/r^5 [/tex] where A is a positive constant and r is the distance between them. Find the scattering angle theta.


    2. Relevant equations

    Here's a diagram I drew:
    http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/1480/particles.jpg [Broken]

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I know I have to set up some sort of integral, but I don't know how to get started in modelling it. Could someone help me set it up?
     
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