Charge on object between two charged plates Problem

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Homework Statement



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The mass of the ball is 40 milligrams, the applied potential difference is 480 V and the plate separation is 6 cm. If the string hangs at an angle of 20deg to the vertical, determine the charge on the pith ball.


Homework Equations


E = V / d

E = F / q


The Attempt at a Solution



I figured first i should use E = v/d so i did

E = 480/0.06 = 8000

Then i found F using trig and vectors

Cos20 = (40*10^-6) / F

Thus F = 4.26*10^-4 N

Then i plugged in my F and E into the equation q = F / E

q = 4.26*10^-4 N / 8000 = 5.3*10^-9 C

Which is 5.3 nC

But the correct answer is supposed to be 18nC

Forever grateful for assistance.
 

Answers and Replies

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hage567
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You must consider all forces, including the tension in the string. That will affect where the ball hangs. Draw a free body diagram. Resolve the tension into its components, and sum up the forces in each direction.
 

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