Two equally charged particles are held 3.2*10^(-3)m apart and released from rest. The initial acceleration of the first is 7 m/s^2 and that of the second is 9 m/s^2.
If the mass of the first is m1= 6.3*10^(-7) kg, what are a) the mass of the second particle and b) the magnitude of the charge of each?
The Attempt at a Solution
I just need a kick in the right direction here. I am looking at a worked solution to the first part and they make the assumption
F1=F2 , thus, m1a1=m2a2
But, for some reason I am uneasy with this. Why are these two forces equal?
Sorry for the lame question... I am out of practice and am trying to do some review.