# Problem: A free negative charge released in an electric field willa) remain at rest.b) accelerate in a direction perpendicular to the electric field.c) accelerate in the same direction as the electric field is pointing. d) accelerate along a circular path.e) accelerate in the direction opposite the electric field.

###### FREE Expert Solution

The electric force can be expressed as:

$\overline{){\mathbf{F}}{\mathbf{=}}{\mathbf{q}}{\mathbf{E}}}$

For a negative charge, F = -qE

###### Problem Details

A free negative charge released in an electric field will

a) remain at rest.

b) accelerate in a direction perpendicular to the electric field.

c) accelerate in the same direction as the electric field is pointing.

d) accelerate along a circular path.

e) accelerate in the direction opposite the electric field.