Force between 2 charges

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Each of two small non-conducting spheres is charged positively, the combined charge being 40C . When the two spheres are 50 cm apart, each sphere is repelled from the other by a force of magnitude 2.5 N. Determine the magnitude of the smaller of the two charges

my attempt:
use eq. F=kq1q2/d
2.5=((9x10^9)(40-q2)(q2))/.5
this gives me the wrong answer
what am i doing wrong?
 

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Pyrrhus
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You forgot r is square.
 

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