# Work of Electric Field Problem, can't find mistake

• jigs90
In summary, the person is asking for help with a physics problem involving calculating electric potential and work done in assembling charges. They have already figured out parts A, B, and C, but are struggling with part D. Another person suggests using the formula V= kQ/R for each point in relation to P and then adding them together to solve for W=qV. The total work is calculated to be 2.97*10^-2 J.
jigs90

## Homework Statement

I posted the question on cramster at
so you could see the picture.

## Homework Equations

W = qV = kq1q2 / r

## The Attempt at a Solution

I figure out A, B, and C, (which are the x component, y component, and the electric potential, but I can't figure out how to do part D, (which is the work to asseble the four charges). Please help! I tried to you W=qV, but that didn't work.

A) was 24.4
B) was 77.96
C) was 2.719x10^3

Work done in assembling +6 uF and -6uF is zero

Total work =kq1q2/r=9*10^9*8.2*16.4*10^-12/(47sin(60

Total work =2.97*10^-2 J

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sorry

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Wait, should I calculate each PE separately and then add them together? Would there be 6 different PEs?

Figured it out...

Upon brief inspection, What I would do is use the formula V= kQ/R for each point in relation to P. Then you can add these based on the sign of the charge to solve for W=qV. Give that a try.

## 1. What is an electric field and how does it work?

The electric field is a region around a charged object where a force is exerted on other charged objects. It is created by the presence of electric charges. The direction of the electric field is defined as the direction a positive test charge would move if placed in the field. The strength of the electric field is determined by the magnitude and distance of the charges.

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