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Homework Help: Coulomb's Force problem

  1. Aug 28, 2008 #1
    A. Consider two positively charged particles, one of charge q_0 (particle 0) fixed at the origin, and another of charge q_1 (particle 1) fixed on the y-axis at (0,d_1, 0). What is the net force F_vec on particle 0 due to particle 1?
    Express your answer (a vector) using any or all of k, q_0, q_1, d_1, [tex]\hat{x}[/tex]unit, [tex]\hat{y}[/tex]unit, and [tex]\hat{z}[/tex]unit. (See Picture CPartA)

    F=kq0q1/d1^2 C and the vector is in the direction of -y so the F_vector = kq0q1/d1^2 C (-[tex]\hat{j}[/tex]. But how do you put this into mastering physics? Do you use just the[tex]\hat{j}[/tex] or do you put -[tex]\hat{j}[/tex] at the end of F=kq0q1/d1^2?

    B. Now add a third, negatively charged, particle, whose charge is -q_2 (particle 2). Particle 2 fixed on the y-axis at position (0,d_2,0). What is the new net force on particle 0, from particle 1 and particle 2?

    Express your answer (a vector) using any or all of k, q_0, q_1, d_1, [tex]\hat{x}[/tex]unit, [tex]\hat{y}[/tex]unit, and [tex]\hat{z}[/tex]unit. (See Picture CPartB)

    The F on 0 due to 1 goes to the -y direction and the F on 0 due to 2 goes to the +y direction. Thus the F net = F on 0 due to 2 - F on 0 due to 1, since the negative charge is closer than the positive charge.
    So F= (kq0q2/d2^2)-(kq0q1/d1^2) in the direction of [tex]\hat{j}[/tex]. How do I input this answer into mastering physics?

    C. Particle 0 experiences a repulsion from particle 1 and an attraction toward particle 2. For certain values of d_1 and d_2, the repulsion and attraction should balance each other, resulting in no net force. For what ratio d_1/d_2 is there no net force on particle 0?
    Express your answer in terms of any or all of the following variables: k, q_0, q_1, q_2.

    For the charges to have no net force on particle 0 the two forces must equal each other.
    {(kq0q2)/d2^2} = {(kq0q1)/d1^2}
    (d1^2/d2^2) = (kq0q1)/(kq0q2)
    (d1^2/d2^2) = q1/q2
    d1/d2= sqrt(q1/q2)
    Do I just use the square root symbol in mastering physics and put q1/q2 in the parenthesis?

    D. Now add a fourth charged particle, particle 3, with positive charge q_3, fixed in the yz-plane at (0,d_2,d_2). What is the net force F_vec on particle 0 due solely to this charge?
    Express your answer (a vector) using k, q_0, q_3, d_2, x_unit, y_unit, and z_unit. Include only the force caused by particle 3. (See Picture CPartD)

    The force on particle 0 due to q3 would be in the negative y and negative z and positive x direction. But I am unsure how to use F=kq0q3/r^2? Would r^2 be the distance, r^2= (d2^2)+(d2^2)? So would F = kq0q3/(d2^2+d2^2)? And how would I find the direction of the vector? Would it be the [tex]\hat{z}[/tex] ? So I would put kq0q3/(2d2^2) [tex]\hat{z}[/tex] into mastering physics?

    Thank you for all of your help. I know I made a large message, but most of my questions are on how to input the answers into mastering physics. So any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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  3. Aug 28, 2008 #2

    I really need to know how you put the answers in mastering physics and if I am doing the coulomb force right?

    Thank you.
  4. Apr 14, 2009 #3
    I ****ing hate mastering physics.... Im doing this problem right now... except it keeps telling me I am wrong!!! but i shouldnt be... so ****ing dumb. horrible program.. oh yay!! instant feedback! i would rather turn in a problem and be a little wrong and find out a day later.. .then get no points! because I cant get any points unless its totally correct...
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