Posted by **dave** on Monday, March 31, 2008 at 1:28am.

n Fig. 21-41, three identical conducting spheres initially have the following charges: sphere A, 7Q; sphere B, -8Q; and sphere C, 0. Spheres A and B are fixed in place, with a center-to-center separation that is much larger than the spheres. Two experiments are conducted. In experiment 1, sphere C is touched to sphere A and then (separately) to sphere B, and then it is removed. In experiment 2, starting with the same initial states, the procedure is reversed: Sphere C is touched to sphere B and then (separately) to sphere A, and then it is removed. What is the ratio of the electrostatic force between A and B at the end of experiment 2 to that at the end of experiment 1?

Diagram:

A ----------B

C

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