Strength of electrostatic force

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Homework Statement


Three point charges are located at the corner of an equilateral triangle. The Coulomb constant is 8.98755 X 109 N*m2 / C2
What is the strength of the electrostatic force on the top charge? Answer in units of N.

Length of each side is .19m

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Homework Equations



F= [k(q1)(q2)] / r^2

The Attempt at a Solution



I know I must get F1 & F2, but then I don't know what to do

F1=[k(2.68E-6)(1.32E-6)] / .19^2 = .880730107

F2= [k(2.68E-6)(-3.93E-6)] / .19^2



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can you please upload the diagram to imageshack.us?
 
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Vector analysis. Break the force into its components.
 

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