1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data On a dry winter day, if you scuff your feet across a carpet, you build up a charge and get a shock when you touch a metal doorknob. In a dark room you can actually see a spark about 5.0 cm long. Air breaks down at a field strength of 3.0 x 10^6 N/C. Assume that just before the spark occurs, all the charge is in your finger, drawn there by induction due to the proximity of the doorknob. Approximate your fingertip as a sphere of diameter 1.5 cm, and assume that there is an equal amount of charge on the doorknob 5.0 cm away. How much charge have you built up? 2. Relevant equations Q*Kc/r^2 3. The attempt at a solution E > or equal 3*10^6 Knob)----d---(---R 2cm (E*(d+r)^2)/kc=Q Now I have several problems with this, first there's no value of Kc explicitly given to me. Our professor explicitly gives us Kc when it needs to be used to a certain decimal place. Secondly, I'm having an issue figuring out what exactly to do with my charge from the doorknob. My instinct tells me that both will be contributing to the charge equally but I can't seen to figure out where the distance of it and its charge would come into play with this problem. I'm thinking it has something with Kc not being used at all near the end solution but I'm not sure. Any advice is appreciated, thank you.