# Find the points where electric potential is zero?

There are two charges 2 C and 3 C and 100 cm apart from each other.
Find a point where electric potential is zero? Consider 2 C charge on the origin.

I have tried out but don't get it solution...
1) If you take point between two charges then

2 C----------100 cm------------------3 C
<------x-------><-----(100-x)-------->

then you will get x= -200 cm that is not possible?

2) If you take point left side of the 2 C then

x= -40 cm that is not possible?

3) If you take point right side of the 3 C then

x = -60 cm that is also not possible?

## Answers and Replies

jbriggs444
Homework Helper
There are two charges 2 C and 3 C and 100 cm apart from each other.
Find a point where electric potential is zero? Consider 2 C charge on the origin.

I have tried out but don't get it solution...
That is because there is no solution. Potential at a point can be defined as the work needed to bring a unit charge from infinity to that point. As long as the 2C and 3C charges both have the same sign, the path from infinity to any finite point will be uphill against a non-zero electrical force all (or most) of the way.

So all finite points will have positive potential.

A more rigorous way to see it is that the potential field from the 2C charge is clearly positive everywhere. And the potential field from the 3C charge is also clearly positive everywhere. The combined field from both is just the sum. It must also be positive everywhere.

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A more rigorous way to see it is that the potential field from the 2C charge is clearly positive everywhere. And the potential field from the 3C charge is also clearly positive everywhere. The combined field from both is just the sum. It must also be positive everywhere.

Suppose there are 3C and -2C charges then combined charge is 1C. this is positive charge then also you get the zero potential position.

jbriggs444
Homework Helper
Suppose there are 3C and -2C charges then combined charge is 1C. this is positive charge then also you get the zero potential position.

The equations that you solved the first time around need to take account of the sign of the two charges. In this version of the problem (with opposite signs on the two charges) the potential gets very large and positive near the 3C charge and verly large and negative near the -2C charge. It follows that there must a zero between them.

There should be another solution that is not between the two charges.

NascentOxygen
Staff Emeritus
There are two charges 2 C and 3 C and 100 cm apart from each other.
Find a point where electric potential is zero?

Are you sure the question didn't ask that you find where the electric field is zero?

rude man
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Gold Member
Or 2C and -3C or 3C and -2C?