Posted by Mercedes on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 8:01pm.
An electron moving to the right at 4.0% the speed of light enters a uniform electric field parallel to its direction of motion. If the electron is to be brought to rest in the space of 5.0 cm, determine what the strength of the field is.

physics  drwls, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 8:28pm
At only 4% of the speed of light, you can neglect relativity effects and assume the electron kinetic energy starts out as
(1/2)mV^2 = (1/1250)m c^2
where I used V = c/25.
m is the electron mass.
To stop the electron in a distance X = 0.05 m,
E*X = (1/1250)mc^2
Solve for E, the required field strength.
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