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Homework Help: Force on a polarized molecule due to a charged wire

  1. Jun 5, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A polarized water molecule is near a long charged wire and experiences a force due to the charge. How do you determine the net force on this molecule assuming the molecule is perpendicular to the center of the rod and nothing polarizes further.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I just treated each end of the molecule as a point charge and added up the forces Fnet on the whole molecule from the rod using F = EQ. Is this correct? I was supposed to get an answer that didnt involve the separation or polarizability but I always got stuck with separation 's'.
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