1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Two small electrically charged objects are placed 6 centimeters (cm) apart, where they exert a force of 8 N on each other. How far apart must they be placed in order to exert a force of 1 N on each other? Assuming that the charges on the two objects are equal, what is the charge? 2. Relevant equations F = q1 x q2 / d^2 3. The attempt at a solution This questions seems to be simple to me, yet, I don't know why I'm so stuck...so....here is my reasoning: If at 6 cm, the force = 8N and we want to find out what the distance between the charged particles is when the force between them is 1N...I'm assuming that they would have to be further apart so the force between them decreases by a magnitude of 8 times....and since the force weakens as the distance between the particles is squared then: square root of 8 = 2.82 x 6 cm = 16.97 cm? (I'm not sure if that is correct) and then to find the charge on the particles...I'm at a loss...but assume that if the above calculation is correct; I could substitute the values into the equation and clear for q^2? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!