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Homework Help: Electrostatics problem

  1. Feb 13, 2010 #1
    1. q_2 is in static equilibrium. What is q_1?

    There's a particle with a charge of -3.0nC between q_1 and q_2, 10cm from each.

    2. F = |q1||q2|*K/(r^2)

    3. I know the answer is 12 nC but I don't see how to get it. I figured you had to approach the problem using the above equation, knowing that q1 must equal q2 and the forces each exerts on the central particle are equal in magnitude and opposite in sign....
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  3. Feb 13, 2010 #2


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    Assume Q2 fixed.
    For equilibrium,
    k*Q2*Q3/d^2 = k*Q2*Q1/(2d)^2.
    Now solve for Q1.
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