College Physics

11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300



College Physics

11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

Figure 16.3 is a graph of an electric potential as a function of position. If a positively charged particle is placed at point A, what will its subsequent motion be? Will it (a) go to the right, (b) go to the left, (c) remain at point A, or (d) oscillate around point B?

To determine
The motion of the particle.


The particle is positively charges. Therefore, it goes from higher potential to lower potential.


The potential energy of the particle decreases as the potential decreases. The particle goes down the curve towards left. Thus, option (b) is correct.

For the particle to go to the right, the charge must be negative...

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