October 6, 2015

Homework Help: Physics

Posted by Sonam on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 3:57am.

The nucleus of 8Be, which consists of 4 protons and 4 neutrons, is very unstable and spontaneously breaks into two alpha particles (helium nuclei, each consisting of 2 protons and 2 neutrons).
(a) What is the force between the two alpha particles when they are 5.00x10^-15 m apart?

(b) What will be the magnitude of the acceleration of the alpha particles due to this force? Note that the mass of an alpha particle is 4.0026 u.

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