Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321910419
ISBN 13: 978-0-32191-041-7

Chapter 2 - Atoms, Molecules, and Ions - Exercises - Page 74: 2.10a


Their rate of fall varies from their rate in the absence of an electric field because of the electrostatic forces.

Work Step by Step

The oil droplets are negatively charged and therefore attracted to the positive charge and repelled by the negative charge of the electric field, causing the observed motion of the oil drops to be different than if the electric field was absent.
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