February 22, 2017

Homework Help: Physics

Posted by Sandra on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 4:53am.

A simplified model for an erythrocyte is a spherical capacitor with a positive inner surface of area A and a membrane of thickness b. Use potential difference of 94 mV across the membrane and a dielectric constant K = 5.0. If the capacitance of the membrane is C = 0.15 pF, what is the radius of the erythrocyte? The thickness of the membrane is b = 90 nm.

The way I thought to solve for this question was that I found the area using the Capacitance of a dielectric eqn, then from there used A = pi*r^2 to solve for this the correct approach? I'm just concerned because I'm not using the potential difference anywhere...

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