A +20nC point charge is placed on the x axis at x = 2.0 m, and a -25 nC point charge is placed on the y axis at y= -3.0 m. What is the angle that the direction of the electric field at the origin makes with the x-axis.
(a) 209 (deg)
(b) 61 (deg)
(c) 29 (deg)
(e) 119 (deg)
E = ke(q/r^2)
The Attempt at a Solution
E= (8.99x10^9) [ (20x10^-9)/4 (i) - (25x10^-9)/9 (j)]
= (8.99x10^9) [ 5.0x10^-9 (i) - 2.78x10^-9 (j)]
= 44.95i - 24.97j
The angle between the x-axis is arccos(44.95/51.42) = 29 (deg)
But the correct answer is 209 (deg).