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Four point charges qA = + 2 μC, qB = -5μC, qc = + 2 μC and qD = -5 μC are located at the corners of a square ABCD of side 10 cm. What is the force on a charge of 1 μC placed at the centre of the square?

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Four point charges qA = + 2 μC, qB = -5μC, qc = + 2 μC and qD = -5 μC are located at the corners of a square ABCD of side 10 cm. What is the force on a charge of 1 μC placed at the centre of the square?

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    Forces of repulsion on 1 μC charge at O due to 2 μC charge, at A and C are equal and opposite. Therefore, they cancel. Similarly, forces of attraction on 1 μC charge at O, due to -5 μC charges at B and at D are also equal and opposite. Therefore, these also cancel. Hence, the net force on the charge of 1 μC at O is zero.

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