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## Motion of a charged particle in an Electric Field

In case of motion of a charged particle in an electric field:- A point charge experiences a force, whether it is at rest or in motion $\overrightarrow{\mathrm{F}}=\mathrm{q} \overrightarrow{\mathrm{E}}$
- The direction of force is parallel to the field if the charge is positive and opposite to the field if the charge is negative.
- The electric field is conservative so work is done is independent of path and work done in moving a point charge q between two fixed points having a potential difference V is equal to,$W_{A B}=-U_{A B}=q\left(V_{B}-V_{A}\right)=q V$
- Work is done in moving a charged particle in an electric field unless the points are at the same potential
- When a charged particle is accelerated by a uniform or non-uniform electric field then by work-energy theorem

$\Delta K E=W$so $\frac{1}{2} m v^{2}-\frac{1}{2} m u^{2}=q V$

Or final velocity$v=\sqrt{\left[u^{2}+\frac{2 q V}{m}\right]}$

If the charged particle is initially at rest, then $v=\sqrt{\frac{2 q V}{m}}$

If the field is uniform $E=(\mathrm{V} / \mathrm{d})$ so $v=\sqrt{\frac{2 q E d}{m}}$ - In motion of a charged particle in a uniform electric field if the force of gravity does not exist or is balanced by some other force say reaction or neglected then$\vec{a}=\frac{\vec{F}}{m}=\frac{\overrightarrow{q E}}{m}=$ constant

[as $\vec{F}=\overrightarrow{q E}]$Here equations of motion are valid.

- If the particle is initially at rest then from v = u + at, we get $v=a t=\frac{q E}{m} t$
And from Eqn.$s=u t+\frac{1}{2} a t^{2}$

we get $\quad s=\frac{1}{2} a t^{2}=\frac{1}{2} \frac{q E}{m} t^{2}$

The motion is accelerated translatory with $\mathrm{a} \propto \mathrm{t}^{\circ}$ ; $v \propto t$ and $s \propto t^{2}$

Here $W=\Delta \mathrm{KE}=\frac{1}{2} \mathrm{mv}^{2}=\frac{1}{2} \mathrm{~m}\left[\frac{\mathrm{q} \mathrm{E}}{\mathrm{m}} \mathrm{t}\right]^{2}$

also

$W=q E d=q V$ - If the particle is projected perpendicular to the field with an initial velocity $\mathrm{V}_{0}$From Eqn. v = u + at

and

$s=u t+\frac{1}{2} a t^{2}$

$\mathrm{u}_{\mathrm{x}}=\mathrm{v}_{0}$

and $\quad a_{x}=0$

$\mathrm{u}_{\mathrm{x}}=\mathrm{v}_{0}=\mathrm{const.}$

and $\quad x=v_{0} t$

for motion along y-axis as $u_{y}=0$

and $a_{y}=\frac{q E}{m}$ $v_{y}=\left[\frac{q E}{m}\right] t$

and $\quad y=\frac{1}{2}\left[\frac{q E}{m}\right] t^{2}$

So eliminating t between equation for x and y, we have

$\mathrm{y}=\frac{\mathrm{q} \mathrm{E}}{2 \mathrm{~m}}\left[\frac{\mathrm{x}}{\mathrm{v}_{0}}\right]^{2}=\frac{\mathrm{q} \mathrm{E}}{2 \mathrm{mv}_{0}^{2}} \mathrm{x}^{2}$

If the particle is projected perpendicular to the field the path is a parabola.

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