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2neomg) where x is the separation between the balls, (b) If C = 120 cm, m= lOg, and x = 5.0 cm, what is q? 5. Assume that each conducting ball in the previous problem is losing charge at the rate of 1.0 x 10"9C/sec. At what instantaneous relative speed (= dx/dt) do the balls approach each other initially? 6. Two identical conducting spheres, having charges of opposite sign, attract each other with a force of 0.108 N when separated by 0.500 m. The spheres are connected by a conducting wire, which is then removed, and thereafter repel each other with a force of 0.0360 N. What were the initial charges on the spheres? 7. What is the resultant force on the charge in the lower left corner of the square? Assume that q = 1.0 x 10"7 C and a = 5.0 cm. The charges are fixed in position.

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