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Homework Help: Charged particles and cylindrical coordinate system

  1. Sep 16, 2010 #1
    A charged particle in a magnetic field is spiralling along a path defined in cylindrical coordinates by r
    = 1 m and θ = 2z rad (where z is in meters). The speed along the path is constant at 3.87 km/s. What is
    the z-component of the velocity, vz, in cylindrical coordinates?

    My attempt: I'm just needing someone to point me in the right direction as to what equations to use here, and how to make use of cylindrical coordinates.
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  3. Sep 16, 2010 #2


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    What is the general expression for position in cylindrical coordinates? How about velocity?
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