P2213_HW05_solns_Fall2008 - Physics 2213 HW#5 Solutions...

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- 1 - Physics 2213 HW #5 — Solutions Fall 2008 21.8 [Aluminum Spheres] We’ll use the mass of a sphere and the atomic mass of aluminum to find the number of aluminum atoms in one sphere. Each atom has 13 electrons. Then, we’ll apply Coulomb’s law and calculate the magnitude of charge on each sphere. . , where is the number of electrons removed from one sphere and added to the other. (a) The total number of electrons on each sphere equals the number of protons. . (b) For a force of N to act between the spheres, . This gives q = 4 πε 0 (1.00 × 10 4 N)(0.800 m) 2 = 8.43 × 10 4 C . The number of electrons is (c) . Summary: When ordinary objects receive a net charge the fractional change in the total number of electrons in the object is very small . 21.49 [Electric Field in 2-D] The electric field of a positive charge is directed radially outward from the charge and has magnitude E = 1 4 0 q r 2 = k q r 2 . The resultant electric field is the vector sum of the fields of the individual charges. The placement of the charges is shown in the figure at right. Point a is symmetrically placed between identical charges, so symmetry tells us the electric field must be zero. Point b is to the right of both charges and both electric fields are in the + x -direction and the resultant field is in this direction. At point c both fields have a downward component and the field of has a component to the right, so the net is +x, -y. At point d both fields have an upward component but by symmetry they have equal and opposite x -components so the net field is in the + y -direction. We can use this sort of reasoning to deduce the general direction of the net field before doing any calculations.
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2008 for the course PHYS 2213 taught by Professor Perelstein,m during the Fall '07 term at Cornell.

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P2213_HW05_solns_Fall2008 - Physics 2213 HW#5 Solutions...

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