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Homework Help: Electron near nucleus physics

  1. Aug 24, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    1) What is the magnitude of the electric field at a distance of 3.30 ×10−10 m from a thorium nucleus?
    2)What is the magnitude of the force on an electron at that distance?
    3)Treating the electron classically, that is, as a point object that can move around the nucleus at reasonably slow speeds, what is the period of the electron's motion?
    Again treating the electron classically, how fast it it moving?

    2. Relevant equations
    [tex] E=\frac{Kq}{r^2}[/tex]
    [tex] F=\frac{K q_{1} q_{2}}{r^2}[/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I can't find anywhere of what the charge of the thorium nucleus is.
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  3. Aug 24, 2007 #2
    not even in peridic table or google? :bugeye:
  4. Aug 24, 2007 #3
  5. Aug 24, 2007 #4


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    Remember the electron and proton have the same charge, so you just need to know the number of protons in the nucleas = it's atomic number.
  6. Aug 24, 2007 #5
    not in Columbs,no
  7. Aug 24, 2007 #6
    ohh.. you need to convert it on your own. You wouldn't get it from anywhere.
    1 C =6.241506×10E18 electrons or protons
  8. Aug 24, 2007 #7
    so I got 1.4418e-17 C
  9. Aug 24, 2007 #8
    yep, I also got the same thing
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