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```									  Electrostatics – Practice Problems

Problem 1 – Lunar Athletes & Apparent Weight

Problem 2 – Electric Field Safety Net

Problem 3 – Long Distance Crater Jumping

Problem 4 – Athlete’s Field

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q = 0.70C    magnitude of charge on
athlete’s suit

m = 78 kg   athlete’s mass

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In the future, many Olympic athletes will train on the moon. The moon’s gravitational
“force” field is nearly 1/6th of the Earth’s. Special training facilities will be built to
maintain variable strength / uniform electric force fields inside different training rooms.
Athletes will wear electrically charged body suits designed to evenly distribute charge
and the resulting electric force. The result will be a unique training environment able to
create apparent weights ranging from 1/6th mg to 2mg.

A. If the athlete above wanted an apparent weight equal to their weight on the Earth,
would their suit need an excess or deficiency of electrons?
B. Predict the strength of the electric force field needed to give the athlete an
apparent weight on the moon equal to their weight on the Earth.

Coulomb’s Lunar Safety Net
A 72 kg Lunar athlete falls from rest from a 15 meter
high platform wearing a body suit charged with 0.35 C.
As a built in safety measure a photogate is placed 5.0
meters above the floor and measures the speed of the
falling athlete.
Instantly a uniform electric field is created to gently
slow them down and decelerate them to rest on the
surface of the floor.

A. Predict the charge polarity of the athlete’s
suit in order for the electric safety net to work.

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field needed in order to save the athlete.
Photogate

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Consider a 60. kg athlete trying to jump a 1250 meter wide lunar
crater shown below. Their initial velocity is 4.5 m/s at 45 degrees.
If the electric field points up and has a strength of 25000 N/C,
what in the minimum net charge the athlete must have on their
body suit to jump the crater?

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Hints
• Decompose the initial velocity vector into components.
• Determine the time in flight from one side of the crater to the other.
• Determine the vertical acceleration using ΔY= 0 meters
• Use Newton’s 2nd Law to find the charge on jumper.

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Imagine four electrically charged athletes standing on the vertices of a
square 2 meters on a side. The two athletes on the top of the square carry
-0.25 Coulombs of charge. The two athletes on the bottom of the square
carry +0.25 Coulombs of charge.

A. Determine the electric field (vector) at the exact
center of the square.

B. Determine the electric force (vector) on a 0.1
2 meters

gram water drop with 10,000 extra electrons on
it, at the center of the square.

C. Could you use the standard equations of
kinematics to predict the motion of the water
drop through space and time?
2 meters