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Homework Help: Limitations on Charge Values?

  1. Feb 1, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Are there any limitations on charge values? If yes, then explain the limitations. Is it possible to make charges as small as we want?

    3. The attempt at a solution

    It's a lab report question, and I'm not quite sure how to answer it. The only things I could think of are that there are limitations on how much a charge can hold because if there is a lot of charge on a particle then the faster the charge leaks into the atmosphere due to the ions in the air?

    Am I close, or way off?
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2009
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  3. Feb 1, 2009 #2


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    You know there is an effective lower limit i.e an electron or proton.

    For an upper limit then yes there is the ionization that can occur when potentials rise too high and electrons are encouraged to take a trip.
  4. Feb 1, 2009 #3
    Aah, so I was right with the upper limit. For the lower limit, the limit is just one electron or one proton then?
  5. Feb 1, 2009 #4


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    Sounds good enough for government work.
  6. Feb 1, 2009 #5
    Thanks for the help man. I appreciate it a lot.
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