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Homework Help: Charge on pith ball between two plates

  1. Dec 16, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

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

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    This is my work shown to the end, although the answer is wrong I'm not sure what I missed, and any help would be greatly appreciated. The answer is supposed to be 1.8x10^-8, but I'm not sure how to get there.
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  3. Dec 16, 2016 #2


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  4. Dec 17, 2016 #3


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    Grams are not milligrams!
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