# Homework Help: Forces with electricity

1. Jan 19, 2008

### cse63146

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

An electric field 3.00×10^5 N/C causes the ball in the figure to hang at an angle. What is the angle

2. Relevant equations

F_g = mg

3. The attempt at a solution

Here's a free body diagram that I drew in paint:

http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/6721/fbdnc7.jpg [Broken]

I got f_g = mg = (0.002)(9.8) = 0.0196N = T_y

so would T_x be equal to E?

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2. Jan 19, 2008

### rock.freak667

The force exerted by the electric field on the 25nC ball is equal to T_x. Use F=EQ to find the electric force exerted on the ball.

3. Jan 19, 2008

### cse63146

So:

F = EQ = (3x10^5)(25x10^-9) = 0.0075 N

then I just use tangent

tan$$\vartheta$$ = $$\frac{T_y}{T_x}$$ = $$\frac{0.0196}{0.0075 }$$ = 2.61

Does anyone see a mistake somewhere I made?

4. Jan 19, 2008

### hage567

Check your trig. You've got Tx and Ty flipped.

Don't forget to actually calculate the angle.

5. Jan 19, 2008

### cse63146

the 2.61 is after I used arctangent.

So let's try this one more time

tan$$\vartheta$$ = $$\frac{T_x}{T_y}$$ = $$\frac{0.0075}{0.0196}$$ = 20.9 (after arctangent was used).

This sounds more reasonable.