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In electrostatics, the electrical force between two charged objects is inversely related to the distance of separation between the two objects. Increasing the separation distance between objects decreases the force of attraction or repulsion between the objects.

## What is the relationship between force and distance?

A force is described as **any influence that causes an object to undergo a change**. … Distance refers to how far an object travels over a period of time. The greater the force that is applied on an object the further distance that object will travel.

Like gravitational force, whose magnitude increases with mass, **electric force magnitude increases with the magnitude of the charges**. … Both forces are inversely proportional to the square of the distance between the objects, this is known as the inverse-square law.

## Does force depend on distance?

The force of gravity depends directly upon the masses of the two objects, and **inversely on the square of the distance between them**. This means that the force of gravity increases with mass, but decreases with increasing distance between objects. … However, the exponent on the mass terms is one.

## What happens to force if distance is doubled?

The size of the force varies inversely as the square of the distance between the two charges. Therefore, if the distance between the two charges is doubled, **the attraction or repulsion becomes weaker**, decreasing to one-fourth of the original value. … The size of the force is proportional to the value of each charge.

## Is electric force attractive or repulsive?

Second, gravitational forces are only attractive; **electrical forces can be either attractive or repulsive**. The inverse square relationship between force and distance that is woven into the equation is common to both non-contact forces.

## Is force directly proportional to charge?

The law says that **the force is proportional to the amount of charge on each object** and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between the objects. If we double the charge q 1 , for instance, then the force is doubled.

## What kind of force is there between 2 Like charges?

**Electric force** exists between charges, as described by Coulomb’s Law. Worked example: a line of charge with q off the end. Written by Willy McAllister. Our study of electricity begins with electrostatics and the electrostatic force, one of the four fundamental forces of nature.

## Why does force decrease as distance increases?

Since gravitational force is inversely proportional to the square of the separation distance between the two interacting objects, more separation distance will result in **weaker gravitational forces**. So as two objects are separated from each other, the force of gravitational attraction between them also decreases.

## What force causes weight?

On Earth, body weight is given by Newton’s laws as mass times gravitational acceleration. That is, an object’s weight is determined by the pull **of gravity** on it. We hypothesised that perceived body weight is – like actual weight – dependent on the strength of gravity.