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charmedbeauty

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## Homework Statement

What is the electric field in the middle of the square in magnitude and direction?

four charges are arranged at the outer corners of the square in order from left to right , then top top to bottom respectively

+q,-2q,-q,+2q.

## Homework Equations

## The Attempt at a Solution

after looking at the diagram for a while it appears as if the vertical components of the four charges will cancel. Also the horizontal components will partly cancel, so your left with the electric fields from the two chrages on the right side of the square with only their horizontal components and also with only half their original magnitude. Since they partly canceled with the charges on the left.

each side of the square has length a.

equating the length of a diagonal from a charge to the centre call it a length x which

x=a/√2.

electric fields add...

so... E=1/4∏ε

_{0}(2q/x

^{2})

the (2) comes about since I add the horizontal components of both electric fields.

also since its only the horizontal comp. I think I should take then cos(45) so now my expression becomes

E=1/4∏ε

_{0}(4q/√2a

^{2})

since a

^{2}=2x

^{2}.

does this seem right?

and is my logic sound?