|Jun3-08, 12:14 AM||#1|
components of an electric field / charges
1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
four point charges are arranged at the corners of a square, as shown. a = 0.1m, q = 10^-3 coulombs
an * indicates a point charge
the distance between each vertice is equal to 'a = 0.1m'
the y axis is vertical, the x axis is oriented horizontal
a) what is the y component of the electric field E at point P?
b) which charge, the +6q or the -3q gives the larger contribution to E at point P?
c) what is the force on a -12microcoulomb charge placed at point P?
2. Relevant equations
not sure with this one -- do i use pythagorean theorem?
E = kq/r^2 where E is electric field, k is constant 9*10^9, q is the charge, r is the distance
3. The attempt at a solution
for a) i think i find the net electric field of all four point charges using E = E1 + E2 + E3 + E4, but am not sure how to derive the y component, do i use the pythag theorem, do i use a/2 as the height, and (3a + a/2) for the base
i am confused now with how to use that to find the y component
any help with working throught this problem is greatly appreciated, asap please...
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