# Dielectric and force between charges

Homework Statement

suppose I have a charge q at (x=-d) and a charge q at (x=+d).
the force between them is q^2/(4*pi*(eps_0)*4*d^2).

now, I insert a dielectric (K) between (-d/2<x<d/2), what would be the force between the charges now?

The attempt at a solution

it seems like it would be the same but it sounds strange...
If I use the D field, it is not effected by the dielectrics, and thus I can see that the electrical field E is the same as before (D/eps_0) and thus the force is the same...

could it be?????

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Homework Statement

suppose I have a charge q at (x=-d) and a charge q at (x=+d).
the force between them is q^2/(4*pi*(eps_0)*4*d^2).

now, I insert a dielectric (K) between (-d/2<x<d/2), what would be the force between the charges now?

The attempt at a solution

it seems like it would be the same but it sounds strange...
If I use the D field, it is not effected by the dielectrics, and thus I can see that the electrical field E is the same as before (D/eps_0) and thus the force is the same...

could it be?????

I really need help with this...

pam
F=qE and E=D/(K*epsilonzero)

F=qE and E=D/(K*epsilonzero)
that's just it, i don't think this is it.
notice that the two charge are in the matter eps_0.

* the other dielectric is only found at (-d/2 < x < d/2 ).
* the two charges are in (x = -d) and (x = +d).

so it seems like the force will be F=qE and E=d/eps_0.
which is exactly like if there was no dielectric between them, and it seems pretty weird to me...

reilly