Charged cork ball suspended

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Homework Statement


A charged cork ball of mass m is suspended on a light string in the presence of a uniform electric field, as shown in the figure below. When E = (Ai + Bj) N/C, where A and B are positive numbers, the ball is in equilibrium at the angle ?.

b) Find the tension in the string. (Use any variable or symbol stated above along with the following as necessary: g for the acceleration due to gravity.)


Here's the picture btw: http://www.webassign.net/pse/p23-55.gif

Homework Equations


Not really sure.

The Attempt at a Solution


I thought I had the answer with (mg)/(-B/A)sin(theta)+cos(theta)...but webassign tells me it's wrong. This is my last problem, and I guess I'm just fried for the day, as it doesn't seem too hard. I have half an hour to submit the answer. Help would really be appreciated.
 

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Homework Statement


A charged cork ball of mass m is suspended on a light string in the presence of a uniform electric field, as shown in the figure below. When E = (Ai + Bj) N/C, where A and B are positive numbers, the ball is in equilibrium at the angle ?.

b) Find the tension in the string. (Use any variable or symbol stated above along with the following as necessary: g for the acceleration due to gravity.)


Here's the picture btw: http://www.webassign.net/pse/p23-55.gif

Homework Equations


Not really sure.

The Attempt at a Solution


I thought I had the answer with (mg)/(-B/A)sin(theta)+cos(theta)...but webassign tells me it's wrong. This is my last problem, and I guess I'm just fried for the day, as it doesn't seem too hard. I have half an hour to submit the answer. Help would really be appreciated.
You're going to have to show some more work, I'm afraid. I have no idea where you got the "(mg)/(-B/A)sin(theta)+cos(theta)..."

That said, I don't think the answer should be a function of θ. I think the answer should be in terms of q, A, B, m, and g. Find the x and y components of T, then use the Pythagorean theorem to find the magnitude. You can find the angle θ (if you need to -- it's not quite clear from the problem statement) by taking the ARCTAN of a relationship between x and y components (and be careful, here; θ is defined with respect to the y-axis, not the x-axis in this problem).

And yes, you will need a q in there somewhere.
 
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I have half an hour to submit the answer. Help would really be appreciated.
Ah, guess it's too late now.

The Attempt at a Solution


I thought I had the answer with (mg)/(-B/A)sin(theta)+cos(theta)...but webassign tells me it's wrong.
Just FYI, it probably would have been helpful to show how you arrived at that answer, in terms of getting other forum members to help out.
 

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