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Electrostatic force between two objects

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Two small objects, A and B, are fixed in place and separated by 2.46 cm in a vacuum. Object A has a charge of +1.18C, and object B has a charge of -0.937C. How many electrons must be removed from A and put onto B to make the electrostatic force that acts on each object an attractive force whose magnitude is 32.3 N?



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I using Coulombs law and im plugging Qa+Q for Qa and Qb-Q for Qb. I end up getting a quadratic but only getting imaginary results


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I using Coulombs law and im plugging Qa+Q for Qa and Qb-Q for Qb. I end up getting a quadratic but only getting imaginary results
Show exactly what you did. (Careful with signs.)
 
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tiny-tim
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hi chaslltt! :wink:

show us your full calculations, and then we'll see what went wrong, and we'll know how to help! :smile:
 

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