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Homework Help: Proton In A Magnetic Field

  1. Apr 30, 2006 #1
    I've got two homework questions I don't really understand. Coming to the end of the year so my teacher is rushing through things and forgetting to give us all the notes we need..
    I think I need an equation to solve both of em, but I don't know what. Help/an explanation on how to do the problem is greatly appreciated. ^_^

    #1) A proton moves at right angles to a magnetic field of .124 T with a speed of 2.3x10^7 m/s. Find the magnitude of the acceleration of the proton.

    #2) A proton moves eastward in the plane of Earth's magnetic equator so that its distance from the ground remains constant. Assume the Earth's magnetic field at the equator is 3.23 x 10^-5 T. The acceleration of gravity is 9.8 m/s^2. What is the speed of the proton?
     
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  3. Apr 30, 2006 #2

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    Have you covered [itex] {\vec F} = q {\vec v} \times {\vec B}[/itex]? That is all that is needed (this equation means that the *direction* is given by the right hand rule and the *magnitude* of the force is the absolute value of the charge times v B sin (theta) where theta is the angle between the velocity vector and the magnetic field. This is all you need.
     
  4. Apr 30, 2006 #3
    @_@ Haven't covered that.
     
  5. Apr 30, 2006 #4

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    :surprised Then it is very strange that he expects you to do those problems if you haven't even seen the basic equation needed!!! I unfortunately don't have the time right now to explain it in details. You shoudl look at your textbook, I am sure they show examples!!
     
  6. Apr 30, 2006 #5
    Well, the problems come from an online problem set, and my teacher doesn't really look at the specific problems. And it *is* optional, but I want to do it to help my grade...
    I got em right, with further help from the textbook. Thank you!
     
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