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Discussion in 'MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test' started by da_donut, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. da_donut

    da_donut Senior Member
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    Hi,

    If someone can help me with this question I'd appreciate it. My initial thought when I read the question was that the electron would accelerate to the cathode, but then I started to think about it and got it wrong lol. Here was my reasoning:

    F=qE=ma Now my reasoning was that the electric field was constant and so the force doesn't change and thus there is no acceleration. I think i see my problem as I'm writing this....the electric field isn't constant is it...? But why isn't it?

    I'm confusing myself.....if someone has a simple clear answer please help me out.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. DrCurious

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    You kind of answered your own question. F=qE, if there is a constant force on an object it accelerates. Additionally, the passage states that the cathode is connect to the negative end of the battery so you know it will accelerate away from the cathode.
     
  4. Knickerbocker

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    The person above gave a better answer, so I'm removing mine.
     
  5. superwillis

    superwillis Senior Member
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    Remember that a constant force causes acceleration, not a changing one.
     
  6. da_donut

    da_donut Senior Member
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    Thanks Dr. Curious and Superwillis. This is definately where I made my mistake because I got confused and equated a constant force with 0 acceleration which is incorrect.
     
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