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Two point chagres A= 3.5 x 10^-6 and B= 2.5 x 10^-6 are separated by a distance of 15 cm. Determine the point between the charges at which the electric field strength is zero.

this was an example in the physics textbook i use and this is the answer they came up with

Ea=Eb

Step 1: 9.00 x 10^9 x 3.5 x 10^-6/ s^2 = 9.00 x 10^9 x 2.5 x 10^-6/ (15 - s)^2

Step 2: 3.5 x 10^-6 (15-s)^2= 2.5 x 10^-6 x s^2

Step 3: 0.3s^2 - 30s + 225= 0

s= 8.1 cm from A

I understand it all until Step 3: what have they done there?

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