Problem: In an alternate universe, the smallest negatively charged particle, analogous to our electron, is called a blorvek. To determine the charge on a single blorvek, an experiment like Millikans with charged oil droplets was carried out and the following results were recorded:Droplet NumberCharge (C)17.74 10-1624.42 10-1632.21 10-1644.98 10-1656.64 10-16Based on these observations, what is the largest possible value for the charge on a blorvek?

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We’re being asked to determine the largest possible value for the charge on a blorvek from the given data

Droplet NumberCharge (C)
17.74 10-16
24.42 10-16
32.21 10-16
44.98 10-16
56.64 10-16


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

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In an alternate universe, the smallest negatively charged particle, analogous to our electron, is called a blorvek. To determine the charge on a single blorvek, an experiment like Millikans with charged oil droplets was carried out and the following results were recorded:

Droplet NumberCharge (C)
17.74 10-16
24.42 10-16
32.21 10-16
44.98 10-16
56.64 10-16


Based on these observations, what is the largest possible value for the charge on a blorvek?

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