Statement of a problem № 11178


Review Conceptual Example 5 as background for this problem. An energetic proton is fired at a stationary proton. For the reaction to produce new particles, the two protons must approach each other to within a distance of about 8.0 × 10-15 m. The moving proton must have a sufficient speed to overcome the repulsive Coulomb force. What must be the minimum initial kinetic energy (in MeV) of the proton?

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