Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics (4th Edition)

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Chapter 22 - Electric Charges and Forces - Exercises and Problems - Page 626: 45


$F = 1.1\times 10^{-5}~N$ (upward)

Work Step by Step

By symmetry the horizontal components of the three forces cancel out. We can find the upward force on the charge at the bottom: $F = \frac{k~(6.0~nC) (1.0~nC)}{r^2}- 2\times \frac{k~(2.0~nC)(1.0~nC)}{r^2}~cos~45^{\circ}$ $F = \frac{(9.0\times 10^9~N~m^2/C^2)(6.0\times 10^{-9}~C)(1.0\times 10^{-9}~C)}{(0.050~m)^2}-2\times \frac{(9.0\times 10^9~N~m^2/C^2)(2.0\times 10^{-9}~C)(1.0\times 10^{-9}~C)}{(0.050~m)^2}~cos~45^{\circ}$ $F = 1.1\times 10^{-5}~N$
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