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Electrostatic Potential Energy

  1. Sep 13, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    As an electron moved through a region of space, its speed changed from an initial velocity of vi=8114.3 km/s to the final velocity vf=2233.7 km/s. The electric force was the only force acting on the electron.

    Across what potential difference did the electron travel?

    2. Relevant equations
    Qe * V = (0.5 * m * Vf^2) - (0.5 * m * Vi^2)

    Qe = Charge of Electron = -1.602 * 10^(-19)
    V = Potential Difference
    m = Mass of Electron

    3. The attempt at a solution
    V = [( 0.5 ) * ( 9.11*10^-31 kg ) * ( 2.2337*10^6 m/s )^2] - [( 0.5 ) * ( 9.11*10^-31 kg ) * ( 8.1143*10^6 m/s )^2] /
    ( -1.602*10^-19 C )

    The answer I keep getting is V = 173 Volts, but that's incorrect. It may be my math, but if anyone can help I would appreciate it.
     
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  3. Sep 13, 2015 #2

    TSny

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    I think you are close to the right answer. If an electron goes from a point of lower potential to a point of higher potential would the electron slow down or speed up?
     
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