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Name: Coulomb’s Law
ID: m42308
Language: English (en)
  • State Coulomb’s law in terms of how the electrostatic force changes with the distance between two objects.
  • Calculate the electrostatic force between two charged point forces, such as electrons or protons.
  • Compare the electrostatic force to the gravitational attraction for a proton and an electron; for a human and the Earth.
Subject: Science and Technology
Keywords: Coulomb’s law, electrostatic force
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: OpenStax College (
Copyright Holders: Rice University (
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Latest version: 1.3 (history)
First publication date: Jan 17, 2012 2:42 pm -0600
Last revision to module: Jun 20, 2012 10:11 am -0500


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Version: 1.6 Feb 24, 2014 2:59 pm -0600 by OSC Physics Maintainer
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Version: 1.5 May 16, 2013 2:45 pm -0500 by OSC Physics Maintainer
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Version: 1.1 Jan 20, 2012 2:21 pm -0600 by OSC Physics Maintainer
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