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Homework Help: Inverse Square Law

  1. Nov 17, 2003 #1
    This question came up in my textbook : Describe an example of a force you have experienced that follows the inverse square law. I couldn't think of any that I have "experienced", since I don't think that I have "experienced" the force of gravity that shows it is a inverse relationship.
     
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  3. Nov 17, 2003 #2
    Eh, it's just wording. They didn't ask for you to have experienced an inverse square law, they asked for a force that you have experienced, that follows an inverse square law. Gravity is a force that you have experienced, that follows an inverse square law.
     
  4. Nov 17, 2003 #3
    The electric force in Coulomb's Law also adheres to the inverse square law and is one that you've experienced if you've ever been shocked (i.e. static electricity).

    [tex]\vec{F}_{21}=k\frac{Q_{1}Q_{2}}{r^2} \hat{r}_{21} [/tex]
     
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