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Magentism: Proton

  1. May 18, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data


    A proton of mass m, and charge q is in a box that contains an electric field E, and the box is located in Earth's magnetic field BEarth. The proton moves with an initial velocity v vertically upward from the surface of Earth. Assume gravity is negligible.
    a. Indicate the direction of the electric field inside the box so that there is no change in the trajectory of the proton while it moves upward in the box. Explain your reasoning.
    b. Determine the speed of the proton while in the box if it continues to move vertically upward. Express your answer in terms of the fields and the given quantities.

    The proton now exits the box through the opening at the top.
    c. Sketch the path of the proton after it leaves the box.
    d. Determine the magnitude of the acceleration a of the proton just after it leaves the box, in terms of the given quantities and fundamental constants.



    2. Relevant equations
    Right hand rule
    F = qvBsin[tex]\theta[/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution
    a) Direction of a field is usually determined using the right hand rule, correct?
    b) Could I solve for v in F = qvBsin[tex]\theta[/tex] ?
    c) This would depend on (a)

    Any help? I would like some guidance as to how to approach this problem.
     
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  3. May 19, 2009 #2

    diazona

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    a) depends
    b) yes
    c) no

    :biggrin: Seriously though: while the proton is in the box, there are two forces acting on it: electric and magnetic. What must be true of those forces if the proton is to move in a straight line? That should help you get started.
     
  4. May 19, 2009 #3
    Thanks for your help; I figured out all of the problems except for 4d.

    Would I use the cyclotron equation (F = qvB = (mv^2)/(r))? In which the centripetal acceleration is (v^2)/(r)?
     
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