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An alpha particle, initially moving at a speed of 7.10x10^5m/s, goes through a potential difference of 2500V. Determine the final speed of the alpha particle.
Answer: 8.64 x 10^5

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    Multiply 2*e by the voltage change to get the additional kinetic energy.

    deltaKE = 8.00*10^-16 J
    initial KE = (Malpha)*Vo^2/2
    The alpha particle has a mass of
    Malpha
    = 4.00g/6.02*10^23 = 6.64*10^-24 g
    = 6.64*10^-27 kg
    Vo = 7.10^10^5 m/s
    initial KE = 1.67*10^-15 J

    Add initial KE and delta KE for the final KE.
    final KE = 2.47*10^-15 J

    Use the final kinetic energy to get the final velocity

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