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My approach is that it will be the distance between the two centers of the two charges, is that correct?

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My approach is that it will be the distance between the two centers of the two charges, is that correct?

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Charge is property of bodies and particles, it does not exist by itself. You can not speak about the distance between charges.

My approach is that it will be the distance between the two centers of the two charges, is that correct?

If you have two charged spheres,and they get stuck, the distance between the centers is equal to the sum of the radii of the spheres.

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Of course no real charged object is an ideal point particle; it has to have a surface and some size and shape. If you bring two of these close enough to touch, you'll have to use the more complicated integral form of Coulomb's law (google for "Coulomb's law integral") to calculate the force between them, and to do that you need to know the shape of both objects and how the charge is distributed within them.

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(assuming they have equal charges) I got confused about the distance between them as they are stuck?

So, I assumed it will the distance between their centers.

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Yes, that is correct for spherically shaped charges (which from context is what I believe that you are considering)My approach is that it will be the distance between the two centers of the two charges, is that correct?

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