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Homework Help: Kinetic Energy/Circular Motion and figuring out point charges

  1. Feb 3, 2007 #1
    For the life of me I can't seem to get this problem.

    An electrically neutral model airplane is flying in a horizontal circle in a 3m guideline, which is nearly parallel to the floor. The line breaks when the Kinetic energy is 50J. Now, reconsider the same situation, except now there is a point charge of +q and -q on either ends of the guideline. The line now breaks when the KE is 51.8 J. Find the magnitude of the charges.

    I tried relating v2 = Fr/m, and equating that to v2=2(KE)/m so Fr/m = 2(deltaKE)/m and got a force of 1.2 N. I figure I have to find the force before I can find the point charge, but I can't seem to find the force. When I worked backward from the solution, the force turned out to be around 7x10(4) N. Which makes more sense. What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks for any help







     
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  3. Feb 3, 2007 #2

    Dick

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    I completely agree with your derivation of the force change being 1.2N. What is the 'solution'?
     
  4. Feb 3, 2007 #3
    The answer is 3.5x10(-5) C
     
  5. Feb 3, 2007 #4

    Dick

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    I get that this charge corresponds to a force of about 1.2N at a distance of 3m. I think the problem is in the "working backwards" part.
     
  6. Feb 3, 2007 #5
    I figured it out. I was dividing by two for some reason, and then realized I had to square root the answer. Thanks for your help :)
     
  7. Feb 1, 2009 #6
    I actually am working on this exact problem and can't figure out what to do. Is there a possibility you could type out the steps of approaching this problem?? That would be great!
     
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