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Homework Help: Force of charges

  1. Feb 15, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    What is the force F on the 1nC charge in the middle due to the four other harges? Give your answer in component form.

    There is a picture that i dont know how to get up so ill just describe it.

    There are four charges in a square, length of square = 1cm. the two charges on the left corners of the square are -2nC and the two charges on the right corners of the square are +2nC. There is a charge in the middle of the square of +1 nC.

    2. Relevant equations
    I'm just using F= (kq1q2/r^2)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    so what im doing is a force diagram and from that i know that the y components cancel out. the magnitude of the forces is equal, therefore their x components will be equal. Using the force equation under step two i determined the magnitude of the force and from that was able to determine the x component with cosine and a 45 degree angle. I then multiplied the x component by 4.
    The answer i ended up with was 5.1E-4 where the real answer is actually double that.

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  3. Feb 15, 2008 #2

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    The concept is correct. There must have been some arithmetical mistake somewhere. Show your calculations briefly.
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