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Point charges arranged as a trianngle

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Homework Statement


Consider three charges at the vertices of an equilateral triangle of side a = 7 cm. qA = +2 µC, qB = +2 µC, and qC = -1 µC. (see attached picture)

Find the x- and y- components of the electric force acting on qC



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i am doing everything right, but getting wrong answer ???


The Attempt at a Solution


x-comp cancel obviously, so im left with finding y-comp...

F = kqAqC/r^2
= 2.571e-1

sin60(2.571e-1) = 2.2266e-1
multiply by 2 = 4.453e-1 N (this is wrong though)

i cant see the prob. The forces both point in positive y direction, so the y vectors sum
please help, thanks!
 

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The Attempt at a Solution


x-comp cancel obviously, so im left with finding y-comp...

F = kqAqC/r^2
= 2.571e-1

sin60(2.571e-1) = 2.2266e-1
multiply by 2 = 4.453e-1 N (this is wrong though)

=k.qA.qC/r^2
=9E9 x 2E-6 x 1E-6/0.07^2
=3.67

I see you are dividing by 7
Two mistakes it's 7cm and then its r^2
 

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