Larmor Formula.

1. Mar 22, 2010

hhhmortal

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

At time t = 0 a particle of charge 'q' and mass 'm' is at a position x = 0 and has a velocity v = 0. The particle is subject to a force F = k x^(1/2) , where 'k' is a constant. Show that at time 't' the particle radiates according to:

-dW/dt = q²k⁴t⁴ / (864)(π)(ε_0 )(c³)(m⁴)

3. The attempt at a solution

I first said F= ma = k x^1/2

--> a = k x^(1/2) / m

---> a² = k² x / m²

Then I substitute this into the larmor formula, but obviously this is wrong. I'm not sure where I went wrong though.

Thanks.

2. Mar 22, 2010

gabbagabbahey

What makes you so certain that this is wrong? Remember, the particle is accelerating along the x-direction, so its x-coordinate will be a function of time. You can find the exact form of $x(t)$ by solving the differential equation $\frac{d^2 x}{dt^2}=a$.