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Coulomb's Law and electric fields

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Homework Statement



three point charges are placed at the following points on the x-axis +2 uC at x=0, -3uC at x=40 cm, -5 uC at x=120 cm. find the force (a) on the -3 uC charge, (b) on the -5 uC charge

ans. (a) -0.55N ; (b) 0.15 N


uC=nano coulomb


Homework Equations



Fm=qvB ?

Fe=|E|(q)?

Fe=kq1q2/r^2

The Attempt at a Solution



I cannot seem to solve such a simple problem, i need sufficient help. I have the idea that it has something to do with minusing each Fe charge by eachother but im uncertain please need help with a solution
 

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I cannot seem to solve such a simple problem, i need sufficient help. I have the idea that it has something to do with minusing each Fe charge by eachother but im uncertain please need help with a solution
You'll use the 3rd equation, and you will sum the forces. For instance, for the -3 nC charge, you will have to figure out the force created by the +2 nC Charge, then for the -5 nC charge. Once you get those two numbers, just add them together.
 
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but wait, try it for yourself, apparently you dont get the given answer of -0.55 N, what is the answer u thus get?
 
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Well, I didn't get -0.55 N exactly, but I did get -0.5479 N. Which is close enough. I came to this solution saying the uC is actually micro-coulombs. Usually nano-coulombs is denoted nC, and if you don't want to go into LaTex, microcoulombs is uC. This is because u is close enough to the Greek Letter mu.

A few more hints on this problem.... Draw a free-body diagram. Then think about what "should" be happening, like which direction a force should go.
 
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got it
now im trying part b
thanks man
 

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