# Electron Radius in a Bending Magnet

Problem:

15 MeV electrons enter a bending magnet with a magnetic field of .7 tesla. What is the radius of the path of electrons?

Equation:

r = mV/Bq

B = .7 tesla
q = 1.6 x 10^-19 C

My problem here is that I don't know how to find the velocity of the electron for this equation. The supposed answer to the problem is 7.4 cm = r, but I'm just not getting that.

vela
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With an energy of 15 MeV, the electrons are clearly relativistic. The formula you're using is only valid in the non-relativistic regime.

Do you know which equation I should be using then? This problem has been stumping me for days.

Thanks!

vela
Staff Emeritus