# Homework Help: Electric field strength from x=-a to x = a

1. Sep 7, 2015

### physiccool78

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
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Numbers 10 and 12.

2. Relevant equations

kQq/r, kQq/r^2

3. The attempt at a solution

I am confused about this problem. Shouldn't the electric field strength be 0 when x = 0? The charges are opposite and adding two opposite vectors with equal magnitude should be 0 right? So how come the answer says that the electric field strength is the greatest at x = 0 then? Thank you.

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2. Sep 7, 2015

### LittleMrsMonkey

They are in opposite positions on the y axis,so the vectors of the electric fields point in the same direction.They both point to the negative charge.

3. Sep 7, 2015

### physiccool78

Wow... Thank you and now I feel embarrassed for asking this question! I can't believe I overlooked this. Thank you.

4. Sep 7, 2015

### LittleMrsMonkey

Just be a little more patient with physics problems,however simple or confusing they might be.

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