Why is the following situation impossible?

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Why is the following situation impossible? Two identical dust particles of mass 1.00 µg are floating in empty space, far from any external sources of large gravitational or electric fields, and at rest with respect to each other. Both particles carry electric charges that are identical in magnitude and sign. The gravitational and electric forces between the particles happen to have the same magnitude, so each particle experiences zero net force and the distance between the particles remains constant.

asked Jan 15, 2012 in Physics by Joey33 ~Expert~ (1,216 points)

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