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PLC Activity #2
Electric Fields & Potentials
Due: see website for due date
How to get credit for this activity
First, sign-in at the computer and sign-out when the activity is complete. Show your work
and results to a PLC tutor so they can check your work and initial the signoff sheet. Be
prepared to answer questions about the activity or your results.
Question 1 (Physlet Problem 23.4)
An electron is shot through four regions of constant electric field (position is given in
centimeters and time is given in seconds).
a. What is the direction of the electric field in each region?
b. Rank the magnitude of the electric fields of the four regions, smallest to greatest.
Question 2
An electron e travels through a small hole in plate A and then
toward plate B. A uniform electric field in the region between the
plates then slows the electron without deflecting it. (a) What is the
direction of the field? (b) Four other particles similarly travel
through small holes in either plate A or plate B and then into the
region between the plates. Three have charges +q1, +q2, and -q3.
The fourth (labeled n) is a neutron, which is electrically neutral.
Does the speed of each of those four other particles increase,
decrease, or remain the same in the region between the plates?
Question 3
Charge q is fired toward a stationary positive point charge.
a. If q is a positive charge, does it speed up or slow down as it approaches
the stationary charge? Answer this question twice: (i) first using the concept of force
and (ii) second using the concept of energy.
b. Repeat part (a) for q moving away from the stationary positive point charge.