1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data An insulating rod having linear charge density l 5 40.0 mC/m and linear mass density m 5 0.100 kg/m is released from rest in a uniform electric field E 5 100 V/m directed perpendicular to the rod (Fig. P25.9). (a) Determine the speed of the rod after it has traveled 2.00 m. (b) What If? How does your answer to part (a) change if the electric field is not perpendicular to the rod? Explain. 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution I solved part A and got .4 m/s, but I don;t understand conceptually part b. if the rod is not perpendicular to the electric field, why would its motion behave exactly as if it was perpendicular?