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Homework Help: What is the magnitude of the acceleration of an electron

  1. Sep 1, 2006 #1
    Please help on the last question. Most likely it's something simple, but I just can't see it. Thanks.
    (a) What is the magnitude of the acceleration of an electron in a uniform electric field of 4.20 106 N/C?
    a= 0.73x10^18 m/s2 (Correct)

    (b) How long would it take for the electron, starting from rest, to attain one-tenth the speed of light?
    t= 0.40x10^-10 s (Correct)

    (c) How far would it travel in that time?
    I applied d=at^2/2, with the above values for a and t, but it is not correct.

    Thanks.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 1, 2006 #2
    Maybe you are just doing the computation wrong. Everthing seems right, you should get the right answer...
     
  4. Sep 1, 2006 #3
    d=at^2/2=0.73x10^18x0.4x10^-10x0.4x10^-10/2=0.0584x10^-2= 0.000584 (m), but it comes back as incorrect. Thanks for quick reply.
     
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