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Feb11-08, 10:04 AM
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Elementry Electrostatics question

Careful! I think you are picking the wrong root. You want solve k*(q1q3)/a^2=k*(q2q3)/(10-a)^2 if a<0 is the coordinate of the point. If you solve that you get 4.14 and -24.14. Since you assumed a<0 the one to pick is -24.14. If you call a the distance of the point from the origin then you solve k*(q1q3)/a^2=k*(q2q3)/(10+a)^2 and assuming a>0. You get -4.14, 24.14 and pick the positive one.