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Homework Help: Physics - urgent

Posted by Linn on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 9:38pm.

I already asked this and was given an answer, but I don't fully understand it and so would like a further explanation.

What I asked was...

An electron is accelerated through a uniform electric field of magnitude 2.5x10^2 N/C with an initial speed of 1.2x10^6 m/s parallel to the electric field.

a) Calculate the work done on the electron by the field when the electron has travelled 2.5 cm in the field.
b) Calculate the speed of the electron after it has travelled 2.5 cm in the field.
c) If the direction of the electric field is reversed, how far will the electron move into the field before coming to rest?

drwls kindly gave me these answer...
a) e E x
b) Assume the work done (above) equals the increase in kinetic energy
c) It will travel until
E e x = intial kinetic energy

I don't quite understand what drwls means by 'x' in the equation eEx. I got an answer for a using W=qEr and got 1x10^.18 J. According to my book, that's correct. For B I got 1.5x10^6m/s, but my book says that the correct answer should be 1.9x10^6 m/s. Additionally, for C, am I using the same kinetic energy as I did in question b? Would I not just get the same answer as b? I'm just really confused and would appreciate further guidance on this problem.

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