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Electro Petro. You recently acquired a vintage Aston Martin automobile and you ponder the possibility of placing static charge on gasoline when filling at the pump.
(a). Explain if and how this is possible
(b). Given a tiny drop of gasoline has a mass of 8.0 x 10^(-15)kg and a positive charge of 4.8x10^-19 C, determine the weight of the gasoline drop.
(c). If the gasoline drop is subjected to an upward electric field of magnitude 6.0x10^5 N/C, determine the magnitude of the electrostatic force exerted on the gasoline drop
(d). Determine the magnitude of the acceleration of the gasoline

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Also, I apologize for posting this in the mathematics department rather than the physics one. I didn't seem to be getting any feedback, so I figured there would be some electricity fanatics in the general math section that could help me out. Any help would be appreciated!
I'm not exactly sure about (a). But isn't (b) simply mg? Or do I have to factor in the positive charge somehow? Including that piece information specifically at (b). didn't make sense to me.
(c). I know that electric force due to a field on a particle is F=kQq/r^2. But in this scenario I'm a bit confused because I'm not given a certain distance and I only have one charge.
(d). Could I solve this part simply by using F=ma once I calculate the F from part (c)

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