Phys 4, Section 2
Jan 16, 2002
Coulomb's Law
where r is the distance between two point
charges q_{1} and q_{2},
k = 9 × 10^{9} N·m^{2}/C^{2}, and F
is in newtons.
Note that whether an electric force F is considered positive or
negative depends on the coordinate system being used. The signs of the charges
only specify whether the force between the charges is attractive or repulsive.
For instance, having one positive charge and one negative charge does not mean
the force F between them is negative, only that it is attractive.
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