Electrostatic suspension/Quiz

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The equation for the ion current is likely to include which of the following?

the mass of the electron
the number of electrons
e to the grain capacitance factor
the dust grain radius
a 4πr factor


True or False, A calculation of energy is not possible unless a mass is involved.



Which of the following is not an electron volt?

the angular momentum of the planet Mercury around the Sun
a unit of energy
a quantity that denotes the ability to do work
1.2 PeV
a unit dimensioned in mass, distance, and time
a unit not based on the Coulomb


Which of the following are phenomena associated with electromagnetic cascades?

spectral and timing properties of astronomical sources
very high-energy γ-rays
the way from the source to the Earth
soft X-rays
ambient radiation fields inside the γ-ray source
source stability


True or False, A unit vector is a direction with a magnitude of one.



Which of the following may not be able to slow down an object entering the heliosphere at 20 km/s?

electrostatic repulsion
the charge on the surface of the Sun
a comparable charge on the incoming object
strong forces


True or False, For the photosphere to have a net negative charge and interstellar electrons to be streaming into the solar system, the sign of the voltage at the Sun is positive.



True or False, When the magnetic poles of the Sun reverse during the solar cycle, there is a short time in which the polar diameter is greater than the equatorial diameter.



Which of the following are associated with electromagnetics?

angular momentum transfer
solar wind
the baryon neutrino
charge neutralization


Which of the following are associated with the envelope of the polarization current density?

emission of electromagnetic radiation from a superluminal charged particle
intensity of some components decays as the inverse of the distance from the source
non-spherically-decaying sources
emission contains very high frequencies not present in the synthesis of the source
non-spherically decaying components of the radiation do not violate energy conservation
strong electromagnetic fields are compensated by weak fields elsewhere


If energy is the impetus behind all motion and activity, which of the following are associated with power?

a launch location
a rate of change of the impetus with time
photon density
an acceleration of the impetus
neutrinos dynamically dominating baryons
a rate of change of mass


Complete the text:

Match up the radiation mathematics symbol with the radiation phenomena:
thermal neutron capture rate - A
change in particle diameter - B
power law - C
Planck constant - D
Boltzmann constant - E
electrostatic force - F
Jeans length - G








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