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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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Textbook Problem

Rank the potential energies of the four systems of particles shown in Figure CQ16.4 from largest to smallest. Include equalities if appropriate.

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Figure CQ16.4

To determine
The order of potential energies of the systems.

Explanation

Formula to calculate the potential energy is,

Pa=ke(Q)(2Q)r=2keQ2r

  • ke is the Coulomb constant.

Formula to calculate the potential energy is,

Pb=ke(Q)(Q)r=keQ2r

Formula to calculate the potential energy is,

Pc=

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