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# I need help with calculating magnitude of the force?

I would really appreciate if anyone could explain me how to calculate, three points are located at the following positions: Q1 = 2 C at x=1.0 m; Q2 = 3 C at x= 0; Q3= -5 C at x = -1 m. What is the magnitude of the force on the 3.0 c charge

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This is a simple vector addition problem. If you draw this out on a sheet of paper you will quickly see that the 3 coulomb charge is being pulled greatly in the direction of the negative 5 coulomb charge.

To calculate the magnitude of this force to the left use the equation for Coulomb's Law: F = k x q1 x q2 / d^2. Where ‘k' equals 9.0 x 10^9 N m^2 / C^2.

You should get something close to 1.5 x10^11 N towards the negative 5 C charge.

You should know that your answer is so large because a coulomb is large. Most charges that you and I encounter in things like static charge from walking across a rug are on the order of microcoulombs, or millionth's of a coulomb.