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Electrical Potential Difference between two plates

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1. Homework Statement
HELP!!
A charged particle is stationary between two horizontal charged plates. The plates are 2.0 cm apart. The particle has a mass of 4.0X10^-13 kg and a charge of 2.4 X 10^-18 C. Find the potential difference between the plates.


2. Homework Equations

V= EPE/q ???
...except I have no idea how to find the potential energy. Also, I have no clue how the mass given in the problem fits into an equation.

3. The Attempt at a Solution
I need someone to help me start this!
1. Homework Statement



2. Homework Equations



3. The Attempt at a Solution
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2. Homework Equations



3. The Attempt at a Solution
 

Delphi51

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Looks like a force-balance problem. The force of gravity (down) on the particle is balanced by an equal electric force (up). Begin with Fg = Fe and fill in the detailed formulas before solving for what you want.
 
So is this how I would do it?:
PE=mgh
PE=(4.0x10^-13)(9.8m/s/s)(1.0cm)
PE=3.92x10^-12

V= EPE/q
V=3.92x10^-12/2.4x10_18C
V= 6.8x10^23V
I dont think I did it right...
 

Delphi51

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Fg = Fe
mg = qE
 
Thank you :]
 

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