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A charge of 2.0 nC and a charge of 5.3 nC are separated by 41.80 cm. Find the equilibrium position for a -4.7 nC charge. ___ cm from the 2.0 nC charge.

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    Let x be the distance from the 2.0 nC charge and 41.8 -x cm be the distance from the 5.3

    For the forces to balance each other,

    2.0/x^2 = 5.3/(41.8-x)^2

    (41.8-x)/x = sqrt(5.3/2) = 1.6279

    41.8/x - 1 = 1.6279
    41.8 = 2.6279 x
    x = 15.9 cm
    41.8 -x = 25.9 cm

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