Statement of a problem № 10862


The membrane that surrounds a certain type of living cell has a surface area of 5.0 × 10-9 m2 and a thickness of 1.0 × 10-8m. Assume that the membrane behaves like a parallel plate capacitor and has a dielectric constant of 5.0. (a) The potential on the outer surface of the membrane is +60.0 mV greater than that on the inside surface. How much charge resides on the outer surface? (b) If the charge in part (a) is due to positive ions (charge +e), how many such ions are present on the outer surface?

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