(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

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2. Relevant equations

F = kq/r^2

3. The attempt at a solution

O ----- x ----O -----------O

Let the electric field of the firstObe E1, second be E2, third be E3.

RED - .02m

BLUE - .016m

GREEN - .033m

E1 = (9 * 10^9) (7.6 * 10^-6) / (.02^2) = 1.70763 * 10^8

E2 = (9 * 10^9) (1.6 * 10^-6) / (.016^2) = 5.61722 * 10^7

E3 = (9 * 10^9) (2.8 * 10^-6) / (.033 + .016)^2 = 1.04811 * 10^7

E1 and E3 are going->and E2 is going<-.

So I figured the magnitude of the electric field strength would be the absolute value ofE1 + E3 - E2which turned out to beN/C.1.25072 * 10^8

However the answer is apparently wrong and I'm not sure where I made a mistake =\.

Any help is appreciated.

Never mind I caught my mistake after re-reading what I typed out...turns out I used 7.6 for the first charge instead of 7.9 :(

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# Homework Help: Calculating electric field strength

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