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A point charge of +1 µC is located at x =
−2 cm and a second point charge of −8 µC is located at x = 6 cm.
Where should a third charge of +1 µC be
placed so that the electric field at x = 0 cm is
zero?

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    Call the position of the third charge x.
    Write the expression for the total E field.
    E = k*10^-6*10^4[1/2^2 +8/6^2 -1/(x)^2]
    Set it equal to zero.
    Then solve for x.
    1/x^2 = 1/4 + 8/36 = 17/36
    x =sqrt(36/17)= 1.46 cm

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