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Electrons through wire work physics problem

  1. Oct 21, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Electrons move in a wire in the direction shown through an electrical device at the rate of 5*10^19 electrons per s. If the two ends of the device are at different electric potentials, V(a)-V(b)=-3 Volts, and if the electrons emerge at the same speed with which they entered, then the rate at which work is being done on the device is?

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    I'm just not sure what the equation for work would be here, even though I probably already know it and can't remember but I didn't see it in my physics book either.
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  3. Oct 21, 2009 #2


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    Re: work

    Rate of doing work = power = V*I
    Current = dQ/dt = n*e/dt.
    N is given, e is known and dt = 1 s. Find W.
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