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There is a +4 microCoulombs (ìC) charge at each of 3 corners of a square (each side 58. mm long). What is the force on +10 microCoulombs (ìC) placed at the center of the square?

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    Let the charge q1 be in left bottom corner, then clockwise q2 and q3, and q4 =10microC in the center.
    The forces F14=F34.
    The force
    F24=1/(4πε0)•(q2q4)/r2,
    where r=a/sqroot2=58mm/ 1.41=38.9 mm=0.0389 m.
    F24=(9•10^9)•(4•10^-6•10•10^-6)/(0.0389)^2=142.7N

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