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What is the meaning of net charged shared equally

  1. Jun 22, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Two objects carry initial charges that are q1 and q1 respectively, where |q2| > |q1|. they are located 0.200m apart and behave like point charges. they attract each other with a force that has a magnitude 1.2N. the objects are then brought into contact, so the net charge is shared equally, then they returned to their initial position. now it is found that the objects repel each other with a force whose magnitude is equal to the initial magnitude. what are the magnitudes of the initial charges on the objects?


    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
    F= (k|q1||q2|)/r^2
    1.2 = (8.99x10^9 x |q1||q2|)/r^2

    what is the meaning of net charge is shared equally?
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. Jun 22, 2014 #2

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    Each object gets half the net charge.
     
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