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Fundamentals Of Physics
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(a)If an electron is projected horizontally with a speed of 3.0×106m/s, how far will it fall in traversing 1.0m of horizontal distance?

(b)Does the answer increase or decrease if the initial speed is increased?

(a) The vertical fall of the electron is =5.4×10-13m

(b) The answer decreases if the initial speed is increased.

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Step by Step Solution

Step 1: Given data

1) The horizontal speed of an electron is,Vx=3.00×106m/s .

2) The horizontal distance traveled by the electron is,x=1.0m.

Step 2: Understanding the concept of projectile motion

In the projectile motion, when the object is thrown horizontally, there is no acceleration in the horizontal direction. Therefore, the object moves with constant speed in the horizontal direction. However, in the vertical direction, it is acted upon by gravitational acceleration. Therefore, the motion in the vertical direction can be described using the kinematic equations. Using kinematic equations and treating the electron as a projectile, we can solve the given problem for the required quantities.



Where Vfis the final velocity, Viis the initial velocity, ais the acceleration, and t is the time.


Step 3: Calculate the time required for an electron to move1.0m horizontally

To determine the vertical fall, we first need to calculate the time required to move horizontally through a distance of 1.0m

We use the definition of speed to calculate the time since horizontal motion is not an accelerated motion.

i.e. ax=0



Substitute the 1mforx, and3×106m/s in the above equation.


Therefore, it will take 3.33×10-7s to travel 1.0m for an electron in the horizontal direction.

Step 4: (a) Calculate the vertical distance travelled

Now, for the vertical motion of the electron, the initial vertical speed is given to be zero and the acceleration is gravitational acceleration directed downwards.

Hence, the second kinematical equation helps us determine the vertical distance traveled by the electron is the same time t.


Substitute the 0 for Vi , 9.8m/s2 for a , and 3.33×10-7s for t in the above equation.


Therefore, the vertical distance traveled by the electron is 5.4×10-13m.

Step 5: (b) Finding out if the answer increases or decreases if the initial speed is increased

If the initial speed of the electron increases, it will take lesser time to travel the same horizontal distance of 1.0 m. Hence the time available for the vertical fall will also be less. It means that the vertical fall distance will also be reduced.

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