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Coulombs law and four charges

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Homework Statement



four charges aranged on the corners of a square. a fifth charge is located in the middle of the square. what is the net charge on that charge?
givens: two charges -5uC are placed at opposite corners of the square, two charges 2uC are placed at opposite corners of the square, and the fifth charge is -1uC placed at the middle of the square

Homework Equations



F=K(q1*q2)/r^2

The Attempt at a Solution


i do not know if i can find a distance to use the coulombs law equation.
the answer that i want to say is that there is no force exerted on the fifth charge because the charges at the corners opposite from eachother are equal thus giving no exerted force.
 

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LowlyPion
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Are you asked for the net charge on the middle charge that you list as a given already? Or the net force perhaps?

I note that since the charges on opposite corners are equal and in opposite directions and you are equidistant from them ...
 
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it is asking for the net force on the middle charge, and i keep thinking that the net force will be 0 because the charges on opposite corners are of equal direction and magnitude.
i just dont know if there is some law or rule that i am unaware of that will put any force on that middle charge
 
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LowlyPion
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it is asking for the net force on the middle charge, and i keep thinking that the net force will be 0 because the charges on opposite corners are of equal direction and magnitude.
i just dont know if there is some law or rule that i am unaware of that will put any force on that middle charge
Well there is Coulomb's Law that serves to show that very thing. Remember that force is a vector, and the statement of Coulomb's Law includes the vector in the direction between the charges.
 
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dont i need the distance for each side to figure out the force generated from each charge?
 
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LowlyPion
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dont i need the distance for each side to figure out the force generated from each charge?
Write out the equations and see what cancels out.
 
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thank you very much, your clarification was very helpful!!! :)
 

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