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Homework Help: Electric charge

  1. Dec 22, 2012 #1
    Two spheres S1 and S2 hang from light insulating strings of the same length from points P1 and P2 which are on the same level. S1 is of mass M and has charge Q. S2 is of mass M and has charge 2Q. Repulsion between S1 and S2 causes their strings to be inclined at angles of theta1 and theta2 to the vertical respectively. What is the estimated ratio of theta1/theta2?
    The ans is 1.
    Is it because P1 and P2 are on the same level and the two strings are of the same length?
    But the charges of the two spheres are different. Shouldn't one of them be repelled further?
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  3. Dec 22, 2012 #2
    What is the magnitude of the force from S1 to S2, and what is the magnitude of the force from S2 to S1?
  4. Dec 23, 2012 #3
    The force from S2 to S1 should be double that of the force from S1 to S2 because S2 has charge 2Q??
  5. Dec 23, 2012 #4
    Have another look at Coulomb's law and compare the 2 electric forces.
    Also think about Newton's 3rd law.
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