• qwerty92
In summary, you will need to create a one-dimensional shape that balances the electrostatic forces between the charges.
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## Homework Statement

Hi! My lecturer has given a HW qustion which is as follows:

Can you find a set of charges that are stable? ( total electrical force will be zero)

note: neutral charge is forbidden

F=k..q1.q2/d^2

## The Attempt at a Solution

I drew some shapes for neutral electrical force but cannot prove as mathamatical equation

. Shape can be drawn as a square whose one corner is near to the center with respect to other corners, which becomes not a ordnary square by the way

what are the polarities of your 4 charges? Did I get that right - 4 charges?

qwerty92 said:

## Homework Statement

Hi! My lecturer has given a HW qustion which is as follows:

Can you find a set of charges that are stable? ( total electrical force will be zero)

note: neutral charge is forbidden

F=k..q1.q2/d^2

## The Attempt at a Solution

I drew some shapes for neutral electrical force but cannot prove as mathamatical equation

. Shape can be drawn as a square whose one corner is near to the center with respect to other corners, which becomes not a ordnary square by the way

Welcome to the PF.

Is that the full problem statement? Do they mean the electric force on *one* charge when placed in a group of other charges? Or do the forces on *all* of the charges need to be zero?

The force exerted on each charge will be zero. There is no mentioned about type of charges but you cannot use neutral charge. It is full problem statement. Actually it is conceptual problem. You will decide how many charges you will and their locations.

qwerty92 said:
The force exerted on each charge will be zero. There is no mentioned about type of charges but you cannot use neutral charge. It is full problem statement. Actually it is conceptual problem. You will decide how many charges you will and their locations.

Fair enough. Use the force equation and maybe induction to prove whichever viewpoint you think is correct...

Actually, I initially thought that it would not be possible, but I think there may be at least one configuration that could work. I need to sketch it up to see if it could work.

I'd suggest starting with a 1-dimensional geometry to see if you can find a way to balance electrostatic forces...

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