Problem: In an experiment it was found that the total charge on an oil drop was 5.93 x 10 –18 C. How many negative charges does the drop contain?

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We’re being asked to determine how many negative charges a drop contains from an oil drop experiment where the total charge was 5.93x10-18 C.


We will calculate that by dividing the total charge by the charge of 1 negative charge.

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In an experiment it was found that the total charge on an oil drop was 5.93 x 10 –18 C. How many negative charges does the drop contain?

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