Posted by echem on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 12:21am.
Two identical objects each hold a net charge of q = 8e. If the gravitational force between the two objects exactly cancels the electrostatic force between the objects, what is the mass of each object?
Where G: 6.67E11
Ke=8.99E9
I know the equation is
m=sqrt(ke*q^2/G)
yet when I plug everything in I got 2.52E11 which is incorrect.
Please help, I'm frustrated...

phYsics  drwls, Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 1:45am
G M^2/R^ = Ke 64 e^2/R^2
M^2 = 64 Ke e^2/G
M = 8e sqrt(Ke/G)
You seem to be using the right formula, but I get a different numerical answer.
Are you sure you are using the right electron charge (e)?

phYsics  echem, Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 1:54am
Oh, you mean the 'e' in the 8e might stand for 8 times electron charge of 1.60217646E19 coulombs? I was doing it as 8 times e(the mathematical constant 2.71828183)

phYsics  drwls, Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 1:57am
Yes, e is the electron charge. You are comparing electrostatic and gravitational forces

phYsics  echem, Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 1:58am
Thank you! I should have known that, guess its getting late :)
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