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Finding where Magnetic Fields = 0

  1. Jan 28, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Two point charges, -520x10-6C and -270x10-6C are 2 meters apart. At which point would a carbon nucleus experience zero net force?
    (positive test charge)

    2. Relevant equations
    k=9x109
    F=k((q1*q2)/r2) Coulomb's Law
    E=k(q1/r2)=(F/q2)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I really don't understand the method to solving the problem. A simply outline of what to find and then how to manipulate the equations to get the distance would really help me solve this. Fiddling has gotten me nowhere.

    Thanks
     
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  3. Jan 28, 2009 #2

    LowlyPion

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    There are 2 forces acting on the test charge.

    Where the forces are equal ...

    If that point is X meters from one charge then it must be 2 - X from the other.

    Just a little bit of algebra should give you what you need.

    Btw: This has nothing to do with magnetism.
     
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