# Movement of Charged Particles in a field

1. Jan 27, 2007

### Karma

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Two electrons are 10-9m Apart when they are released.What is their speed when they are 10-8m apart?

2. Relevant equations
Ek=-EE
EE=Kq1q2
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r

3. The attempt at a solution
Ive tried 1/2mv^=-(Ke(squared) - Ke(squared)
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r2 r1
And i dont seem to get the answer
By the way the answer to the question is 4.78x10^5 m/s
thanks for the help

2. Jan 28, 2007

### mace2

Calculate electric potential energy when they are 10^-9m apart, and then when they are 10^-8m apart. The change in energy has become kinetic energy, and you may calculate it from this.

3. Jan 28, 2007

### Karma

I did that.. And i still get the wrong answer but its pretty close.. i guess its a calculation error.. i will go back and recheck thanks for the help...

4. Jan 28, 2007

### mace2

Yeah doublecheck your calculation. I did it and I got something like 4.79e5, so I'm pretty sure that's how you do it.