## Three equal point charges, each with charge 1.15 μCμC , are placed at the vertices of an equilateral triangle whose sides are of length 0.70

Question

Three equal point charges, each with charge 1.15 μCμC , are placed at the vertices of an equilateral triangle whose sides are of length 0.700 mm . What is the electric potential energy UUU of the system? (Take as zero the potential energy of the three charges when they are infinitely far apart.) Use ϵ0ϵ0epsilon_0 = 8.85×10−12 C2N⋅m2C2N⋅m2 for the permittivity of free space.

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3 years 2021-09-05T07:28:48+00:00 1 Answers 4 views 0

Explanation:

The electrostatic potential energy for pair of charge is given by

U=1/4π∈₀×(q₁q₂/r)

Hence for a system of three charges the electrostatic potential energy can be found by adding up the potential energy for all possible pairs or charges.For three equal charges on the corners of an equilateral triangle,the electrostatic potential energy is given by:

U=1/4π∈₀×(q²/r)+1/4π∈₀×(q²/r)+1/4π∈₀×(q²/r)

U=3×1/4π∈₀×(q²/r)

Substitute given values

So