Problem: A student re-creates the Millikan oil drop experiment and tabulates the relative charges of the oil drops in terms of a constant, αalpha.Drop#1αalphaDrop#23/2 αDrop#35/2 αlarge{frac {5}{2}alpha}Drop#43α3alphaWhat charge for the electron (in terms of αalpha) is consistent with this data?a) 1/2 αb) αc) 3/2  αd) 2  α

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We are asked what charge for the electron (in terms of α) is consistent with the data.


The electrical charge on any drop was always a whole number multiple of the charge on an electron. 


We can use the equation below to find the charge: 

Charge on an oil dropCharge on an electron = whole number


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A student re-creates the Millikan oil drop experiment and tabulates the relative charges of the oil drops in terms of a constant, α.
Drop#1α
Drop#23/2 α
Drop#35/2 α
Drop#4

What charge for the electron (in terms of α) is consistent with this data?
a) 1/2 α
b) α
c) 3/2  α
d) 2  α

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