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Charges on a triangle

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Two identical charges , $\mathit{q_1}$ are placed at the vertices of a right triangle as shown above.

If a third charge $\mathit{q_2}$ is placed at the vertex of angle formed by the two legs, what is the magnitude of the net electrostatic force acting on $\mathit{q_2}$?

A

$\mathit{\cfrac{2kq_1 q_2}{5}}$

B

$\mathit{\cfrac{5kq_1 q_2}{4}}$

C

$\mathit{\cfrac{\sqrt{17}kq_1 q_2}{4}}$

D

$\mathit{\cfrac{17kq_1 q_2}{4}}$

E

$\mathit{\cfrac{5kq_1 q_2 ^2}{4}}$