A charged particle (either an electron or a proton) is moving rightward between two parallel charged plates separated by distance d = 1.90 mm. The particle is slowing from an initial speed of 93.5 km/s at the left plate. The left plate has V=-70V and the right plate has V=-50V
Conservation of Energy:
The Attempt at a Solution
Alright, so I just used the conservation of energy, assuming that the energy at the right plate will equal the energy at the left plate. Rearranging that equation I solved for v_2. However, I always get a nonreal answer. I tried this problem again using kinematics and solving for the force then the acceleration using E=-V/d=F/q and F=ma and I got the same negative number within the square root. Someone please solve this and tell me if it's possible. Then let me know where I'm going wrong! Thanks!