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Homework Help: Couloumb's Law 3 charges on a line

  1. Apr 12, 2012 #1
    I did this problem just the way I took notes on it in class and keep coming up with the wrong answer. Please help I've spent nearly 2 hours on this one simple problem. Thanks.
    Problem: Three point charges lie along a straight line as shown in the figure below, where q1 = 6.36 µC, q2 = 1.56 µC, and q3 = -1.84 µC. The separation distances are d1 = 3.00 cm and d2 = 2.00 cm. Calculate the magnitude and direction of the net electric force on each of the charges.

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  3. Apr 12, 2012 #2


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    You have to show your work so far.
  4. Apr 12, 2012 #3
    Ok sorry, first time using the site. I did F of q1 on q2 is ((8.99x10^9) x .00000636 C x .00000156 C)/.0009 m=99.10576 N and F of q3 on q2 is ((8.99x10^9) x -.00000184 C x .00000156 C)/.0016 m=-286.72 N. Then for the Force on the middle charge I just added them together to get -187.8 N.
  5. Apr 12, 2012 #4
    Is this enough work so far?
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