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Homework Help: Surface charge density(error in my work)

  1. Sep 14, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    In Figure (a), an electron is shot directly away from a uniformly charged plastic sheet, at a speed of vs = 2.00 106 m/s. The sheet is nonconducting, flat, and very large. Figure (b) gives the electron's vertical velocity component v versus time t until the return to the launch point. (The vertical axis is marked in increments of 5.00 105 m/s.) What is the sheet's surface charge density?


    2. Relevant equations
    a=QE/M (Q = 1.609 x 10^-19, m = 9.109 x 10^-31)
    E*ε₀=surface charge density (ε₀ = 8.85 x 10^-12)
    3. The attempt at a solution

    Surface charge density=1617508.66*8.85*10^-12=1.43E-5

    I have tried the answer as both positive and negative and neither are working. What am i doing wrong?
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  3. Sep 14, 2010 #2


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    If I am not mistaken, the electric field from an infinite plastic sheet of finite thickness is given by

    E = σ/(2ε0)

    This is a direct consequence of Gauss's Law. Your E-field is twice that.
  4. Sep 14, 2010 #3
    Ah your right, thanks, correct answer was 2.86E-5
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