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## Homework Statement

A charge -q and a charge 4/9q are located at coordinates x = 0 and x = a, respectively. If you place a third charge so that all three are in static equilibrium, justify that its position and its charge,respectively, can only be

x=3a Q=-4q

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## The Attempt at a Solution

Since the three charges are in static equilibrium I know that the electric field is zero. Which means each individual electric field has to add up to zero as a whole. If F_ab = (q_1)(q_2)/r^2 is get F_ab= (-4q^2)/9a^2, so does that mean the third charge added in has to cancel that out?