How do I check if it is a positive charge or negative charge?

In summary, the electric field at the origin due to charges q1 and q2 is zero, so the polarity of Ex due to q1 has to be the opposite, and q2 does not produce an x component of the E field at the origin.
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CKaiL
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Homework Statement


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Homework Equations

The Attempt at a Solution


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The electric field at the origin O, due to charges Q, q1 and q2, is equal to zero
Hence , EQ = Eq1
q = cos30 x 300 x10^-9/4 * 1.8^2 = 210 x10^-9 C

So I am able to find out that q = 210 x 10^-9 C and that mean that B and C cannot be the answer which left me with A and D.

How do I check if it is a positive charge or negative charge?

 
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CKaiL said:

Homework Statement


s5kahj.png


Homework Equations

The Attempt at a Solution



The electric field at the origin O, due to charges Q, q1 and q2, is equal to zero
Hence , EQ = Eq1
q = cos30 x 300 x10^-9/4 * 1.8^2 = 210 x10^-9 C

So I am able to find out that q = 210 x 10^-9 C and that mean that B and C cannot be the answer which left me with A and D.

How do I check if it is a positive charge or negative charge?
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The x component at the origin due to Q is what polarity? So the polarity of Ex due to q1 has to be the opposite, right? So what then does the polarity of q1 have to be?
 
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Why does it has to be opposite for the polarity of Ex due to q1?
 
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CKaiL said:
Why does it has to be opposite for the polarity of Ex due to q1?
because the net E field at the origin is zero so q1 has to cancel out the x component of Q.
 
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What about the q2 at the y component?
 
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CKaiL said:
What about the q2 at the y component?
q2 does not produce an x compnent of the E field at the origin. You are summing x components of E at the origin.

By the way, you can also solve this problem with summing y components of E = 0 at the origin. I suggest you do it for increased understanding.
 

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1. How do I determine if an object has a positive or negative charge?

The easiest way to check if an object has a positive or negative charge is to use a charge detector. This device can detect the presence of electric charges and indicate whether the charge is positive or negative.

2. Can I use my hands to check for a charge?

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4. What causes an object to have a positive or negative charge?

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5. Can an object have both a positive and negative charge?

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