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3 balls are on a ?string?/line?. Each are equally displaced, 72cm. Ball A has a charge of -50e5c, Ball B a charge of +25e2, Ball C -10e10.

1. What is the net force applied on the middle ball (Ball B)?

2. Assuming a force to the right(ungiven name of Ball D?) (of Ball C) is positive, find the net force applied on Ball C..

2. Relevant equations

F=kq1q2/d^2

k=9x10^9 n*m^2/c^2

3. The attempt at a solution

These are all theoretical values.. I know the basic structure of the problem, but totally guesstimating the values. With that said.. To try and get net force of Ball B..

I did

F(ab)=kq(a)q(b)/d^2

F(bc)=kq(b)q(c0/d^2

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F(ab)+F(bc)=net force applied on Ball B.. I think that part was easy..

net force=-4.34x10^24, work on screenshot

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Kind of lost for Part 2.. How do I find out the force for D? Or the charge of D? Or the distance (baby blue)?

On the test, what I think I did was add charges A+B, set equal to C+D, or A+B-C=D.. Then use that value of charge for D, assume 72cm (I wanna know why I should assume), calculate force.. I don't think that's how it works though..

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I thought up an interesting theory just now.. All charges (balls) have same net forces, but vary +/-..?

Here's another pic

I forgot to draw it, but there's supposed to be a "blue vector equal to magenta vector".

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# Homework Help: Electrostatics: 3 balls on a string, calculate net forces.

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