Analysis Of Coulomb 's Law Defines The Force

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Introduction
Coulomb’s Law defines the Force acting upon two charged objects relative to their charge that they hold as well as the distance between them. The interaction between these two charges occur through non-contact which is prevalent over the distance between them. Vectors are most commonly used to represent the force between two charged points. Being that is a force acting upon these two charged objects the strength of the interaction between these two charges is a vector quantity (Physics Classroom, 2015). The direction of these vectors is dependent on the type of charge on these two points, like charges repel each other therefore they will have a negative force acting upon them, as they repel each other. Opposite and a charged and neutral object will attract each other so therefore they have a positive force acting upon them bringing them together.

Figure 1: Depicts like and opposite charges and how they interact with each other
The magnitude of these vectors of either repulsion or attraction are affected directly by the quantity of the charge in each point. The greater the charge, the greater the attraction between to opposite charges and if you decrease this charge than the magnitude of the force acting upon these two charges will decrease.
Coulomb’s law is described by F= (Kq_1 q_2)/r^2 Which is the magnitude of forces exerted on each other, this equation relies on the constant value K and two separate charges with q1, and q2. (Knight, 2014,…

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