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Homework Help: Speed of Proton (given electric potential difference)

  1. Jun 24, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A proton, initially at rest, is accelerated through an electric potential difference of 500V. What is the speed of the proton?

    2. Relevant equations
    Solving for r: r=k(q/v)


    known charge of a proton: 1.6E-19C
    known value of k: 9E9Nm^2/C2

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I tried solving for r to get a distance.
    r= (9E9Nm^2/C2)(1.6E-19C)/ 500V
    r= 2.88E-12m

    v= (2.88E-12m)/1 s
    v= 2.88E-12 m/s

    Our professor gave the answer as 3.1E5 m/s, but I cannot get to this answer. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
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  3. Jun 24, 2008 #2


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    Assume that all the work done by the source goes into increasing the speed of the proton (what sort of energy would it have when it moves?)
  4. Jun 24, 2008 #3

    Doc Al

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    That formula describes the potential from a point charge--not relevant here. (Further note that you are given potential difference, not potential.)

    Hint: How does potential difference relate to energy?
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