(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Three point charges are located at the corners of an equilateral triangle as shown in Figure P15.13 (q = 3.00 µC, L = 0.400 m). Calculate the net electric force on the 7.00 µC charge.

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3. The attempt at a solution

F_12 = 8.9875 x 10^9 (3e-6)(7e-6)/.4e2 =1.18 N

F_13 = 8.9875e9 (7e-6)(4e-6)/.4e2 =1.57 N

then

F_12x = 1.18cos60 =.59 N

F_12y = 1.18sin60 =1.0219 N

F_13x = 1.57cos60 =.785 N

F_12y = -1.57sin60 =-1.3697 N

then i added them up

Fx = .59 + .785 =1.375 N

Fy = -1.3597 + 1.0219 =- .3378 N

I know that to get the degree its arctan Fy/Fx but i get the incorrect answer. Is there something wrong in the equation or im i using the wrong number?

I understand how to do the first part which is 1.4 N of electric force on 7uC charge.

Thanks for any help.

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