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q1 = -2 * 10^(-8) C

q2 = 8 * 10^(-8) C

q3 = -4 * 10^(-8) C

The point charges are arranged such that q1 is on top right, q2 on top left, q3 on bottom left. Find the field intensity at the 4th point (bottom right).

So what I did is use E = kq/r^2 (k = 9*10^9) to find the field intensity on the 4th point. For q2 I broke it into x- and y- components with E2x = E2 cos 36.87 and E2y = E2 sin 36.87. For q2 I found the angle of 36.87 by doing the inverse tan of 0.06/0.08 = 0.75 and i found the distance between the two points by using the pythagorean theorum (a^2 + b^2 = r^2).

Once I have both E1 and E3 as well as E2 broken into components, I add up the ones on the x-axis (E2x, E3) and the ones on the y-axis (E2y, E1). Then again I use the pythagoren theorum to add up the resultant (Ex^2 + Ey^2 = R^2)

I keep getting the wrong answer and I don't know why. Could you please point out where I'm going wrong or list the steps I should be taking so I could compare. The answer on the sheet is 6.93 * 10^3 at an angle of 78.8 under the horizontal

thanks everyone!