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 Aug 29th 2008, 06:31 PM #1 Junior Member   Join Date: Aug 2008 Posts: 7 Pls help....just cant remember, but an easy problem related to ELECTRIC FIELD. q1 .______________________.q2 0.1meters The above fig. shows 2 point charges q1 (1x10-6 C) and q2 (2x10-6 C) are 0.1m away. On which point on the joining line is the Electrin Field Steangth zero?? (the smaller '-6's r meant to be the powers of 10)
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 Originally Posted by Ess J q1 .______________________.q2 0.1meters The above fig. shows 2 point charges q1 (1x10-6 C) and q2 (2x10-6 C) are 0.1m away. On which point on the joining line is the Electrin Field Steangth zero?? (the smaller '-6's r meant to be the powers of 10)
The electric field a distance r from a point particle of charge q is given by
$\displaystyle E = \frac{k q}{r^2}$
or
$\displaystyle E = \frac{1}{4 \pi \epsilon _0} \frac{q}{r^2}$
depending on how your book does it. The field is a vector field and points away from a positive charge and toward a negative charge.

Find the field due to each point charge and add them vectorally. Putting the origin at q1 and the positive x direction toward q2 we then have at a distance x from q1:
$\displaystyle E = \frac{k q_1}{x^2} - \frac{k q_2}{(0.1 - x)^2}$

Set E = 0 and solve for x.

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 Aug 30th 2008, 07:37 PM #3 Junior Member   Join Date: Aug 2008 Posts: 7 Thank u so very much...it was my first question that i posted & got it answered so perfectly!! thanks agyn
 Aug 31st 2008, 08:50 AM #4 Junior Member   Join Date: Aug 2008 Posts: 7 well dan, wen i was tryin to solve: , i am still stuck in the '0.1-x' part... shuld'nt the whole thing be squared too? I mean ; (0.1-x)^2. It'll b a great help...Tc.
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 Originally Posted by Ess J well dan, wen i was tryin to solve: , i am still stuck in the '0.1-x' part... shuld'nt the whole thing be squared too? I mean ; (0.1-x)^2. It'll b a great help...Tc.
Yes, that was a typo. I have fixed it in the original post and thank you for the catch.

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