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Homework Help: Electric Forces

  1. Jan 22, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    So, we have two opposite and equal charges with a distance r between them, and we want to find the "separation force".

    2. Relevant equations
    Coulomb's Law


    3. The attempt at a solution
    Is the separation force the sum of the electric forces on both particles? Or is it the force on just one particle?
     
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  3. Jan 22, 2010 #2

    rock.freak667

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    Coulomb's law would give the force of attraction/repulsion between two charges Q1 & Q2 separated by a distance r.
     
  4. Jan 22, 2010 #3
    Thanks, but my main confusion is coming from the term "separation force". Is it the sum of the forces acting on both particles?
     
  5. Jan 22, 2010 #4

    rock.freak667

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    No the separation force is just the force of repulsion between them. Remember the force on each charge is the same.
     
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