Electric Forces between three charges

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An electron is near a positive ion of charge +9e and a negative ion of charge −8e (see the figure below). (Take a = 5.23 µm, b = 4.28 µm, and θ = 54.9°.)

(a) Find the magnitude and direction of the resultant force on the electron. (Let right be the +x-direction. Measure the angle counter-clockwise from the +x-axis.)

F = k(q x q/r^2)


I tried using this equation and then finally doing vector addition and I got an answer of: 2.235e-16 N and this was wrong.
 

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zhermes
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Then I guess you used the equation or did the vector addition wrong....

Care to show some of your work?
 
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thst1003
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Thanks! I actually was using my calculator in the incorrect mode. I figure it out. I really appreciate it.
 

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