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Electrical potential

  1. Feb 19, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    What is the electric potential at the point midway between charges of 7.0 microC and 3.0microC which are 3.0 m apart?

    2. Relevant equations

    Va=Va1+-Va2

    V= Kq/r

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know how to do the calculations I am just not sure about how to add the potentials I am pretty sure that since they are both positive and the charge is halfway between them then the electrical potential will be the difference between the two is that correct?
     
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  3. Feb 19, 2009 #2

    AEM

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    Your last sentence has a typo in it. You say "the charge is halfway between them" You meant to say "the point is halfway between them" There is a difference between the implications of these two phrases.

    Putting that aside, since the electric potential is a scalar (not a vector) you simply add the two potentials as indicated in your first equation. If you were adding up the electric fields, where there is a directional property to take into account because the electric field is represented by a vector then you would end up with a subtraction (in this case).
     
  4. Feb 19, 2009 #3
    ahh yes thank you.
     
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