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Homework Help: Conceptual questions involving electricpotential

  1. Jan 19, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A proton and an electron are each accelerated for the same distance across a region of constant electric field. Which experiences the larger acceleration?

    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
    Would both feel the same acceleration but in the opposite direction? Thanks for any help!
     
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  3. Jan 19, 2010 #2

    ideasrule

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    They both experience the same force, because F=qE. They don't experience the same acceleration.
     
  4. Jan 19, 2010 #3
    Thank you ideasrule but could you explain why they don't experience the same acceleration?
     
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