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Homework Help: Electricity and Magnetism

  1. Mar 25, 2010 #1
    HI,

    So say you have a small ball hanging vertically below a positively charged plate. When the ball is released from rest with the string at a small angle to the vertical, it swings in periodic pendulum motion. If the ball is now positively charged, does the period increase, decrease or stay the same? And why?

    - Well at first, when it's neutral, there would be a slight attraction between the ball and the charged plate. But when the ball becomes positive as well, there would be now a slight repulsion. So would it stay the same?
     
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  3. Mar 25, 2010 #2
    Do you know the differential equation for a simple pendulum? You could derive a similar equation with the electric force included. The solution should have the same form, so the period should be fairly obvious
     
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