(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Two isotopes of carbon, carbon-12 and carbon-13, have masses of 19.93x10^-27 kg and 21.59x10^-27 kg, respectively. These two isotopes are singly ionized (+e) and each is given a speed of 6.667x10^5 m/s. The ions then enter the bending region of a mass spectrometer where the magnetic field is 0.8500T. Determine the spatial separation between the two isotopes after they have traveled through a half circle.

2. Relevant equations

r = mv / (eB)

m = (er^2/2V)*B^2

3. The attempt at a solution

In this problem, I attempted to plug in the values I knew (B, e, v and m) in order to find the radius of each individual isotope. Then i attempted to obtain the difference in radius to obtain the spatial separation between the two isotopes, however I can't seem to obtain the right answer. I'm not really sure how else to approach this problem. Perhaps I am having trouble understanding what exactly they mean by "spatial separation." I was hoping someone could clarify what I'm doing wrong and how I should be approaching this problem differently. Below are my calculations:

r1 = (19.93x10^-27) * (6.667*10^5) / (1.6x10^-19 * 0.85)

r2 = (21.59*10^-27) * (6.667*10^5) / (1.6x10^-19 * 0.85)

r2 - r1 = spatial separation (?)

Correct answer for this problem: 1.6x10^-2 m.

Someone please shed some light on this problem. Thank you!

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# Magnetic Forces and Magnetic Fields (mass spectrometer)

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