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How to calculate the current of a stream of electrons

  1. Dec 8, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The planet Jupiter has a moon Io. Volcanic activity on Io releases clouds of electrons which travel at high speeds towards Jupiter.

    During a 15 s time period, 2.6 × 10^26 electrons reach Jupiter from Io.

    Calculate the current.

    2. Relevant equations

    I know current I = Q/t and that an electron has charge 1.6 x 10^-19 but I don't know how to relate this to the question. Can someone explain this to me please.

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Dec 8, 2016 #2


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    So how much charge travelled to Jupiter from Io in how much time?
  4. Dec 9, 2016 #3
    doh! so we have 2.6 electrons and each electron has charge of 1.6 coulombs, so the current is: charge (electrons x charge) divided by time. Got it.

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