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## Homework Statement

In the figure, three point charges are arranged in a equilateral triangle of side a= 1.40×10-2

*m*. Sketch the field lines due to + Q and -Q, where Q = 2.50×10-5

*C*, and from them determine the direction of the force that acts on +q = 5.00×10-8

*C*because of the presence of the other two charges. What is the x-component of the force? What is the y-component of the force?

## Homework Equations

F1=K*((Q*q)/a^2)

F(x)=2|F1|*Cos(60)

## The Attempt at a Solution

I know that the y-component is 0 N.

Someone posted this problem in yahoo answers, and I tried to follow it. Something went wrong along the way, but here is the work from that solution:

*+Q=1, -Q=2, +q=3*

F1,3=(8.99E9)(5.00E-8)(2.50E-5)/(1.40E-2)=0.803 N

F2,3=(8.99E9)(5.00E-8)(-2.50E-5)/(1.40E-2)=-0.803 N

F1,3x=0.803(cos(30 degrees))=0.6951 (right)

F1,3y=0.803(cos(60))=0.4013 (down)

F2,3x=-0.803(cos(30))=-0.6951 (left)

F2,3Y=-0.803(cos(60))=-0.4013 (down

Here, I have the problem where if you combine x and y values, the answer is 0 for both of them.

Where did I go wrong, or is all of this wrong?