Coulomb’s Law

The coulomb’s law states that the electrostatic force between two point charges is proportional to the product of their charges and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.

$F = \frac{Q_{1} Q_{2}}{4 \pi \epsilon_{o} r^{2}}$

, where

  • Q is charge,
  • r is the distance between the two charge,
  • $\epsilon_{o}$┬áis the permittivity of free space


Like charges, repulsion occurs. F is positive.
Unlike charges, attraction occurs. F is negative.

The electric field strength at a point in an electric field is the electrostatic force per unit charge experienced by a small positive test charge placed at that point.

  • Electric field strength is a vector and it is in the direction of the force experienced by the positive test charge.


$E = \frac{Q_{1}}{4 \pi \epsilon_{o} r^{2}}$, Only valid for spherical objects or point charges


  • Q is charge,
  • r is distance from the charge


$F = Eq_{o}$


  • F is electrostatic force,
  • E is electric field strength,
  • q is charge of positive test charge


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