**Where does charge come from?**

While there really isn't an actual answer to where charge comes from -we have defined charged to be the thing that produces and electric field. Static electrons are charged and their charged is quantized meaning an integral number. We say that the charge on an electron is -e.

From the previous section on electric charges and electric fields, we know that two unlike charges will attract each. The force of attraction and electric field will increase as the two charges approach each other. In the case of two similar charges there will be a force of repulsion as the charges get closer and the force will decrease when the charges are moved further apart. This is because electric charges make an electric field. If two fields exist in the same space at the same time, then the two fields exert a force on each other. The force they make on each other is called Coulomb's force or electrostatic force ( electrostatic means electric charges without any motion).

Coulomb's law explains how big the force will be.

Coulombs law explains that the Force F is relative to the ratio of q_{1}, q_{2}, 1/r^{2}.

q_{1} and q_{2} are the scales of each charge and r is the distance between the two electric charges. K_{c} is a constant value that does not change. K_{c} is called Coulomb's Force Constant or Electrostatic Force Constant.

**Why is Coulombs Law related to the Inverse Square Law?**

The relation between the force of push or pull (F) and the distance between the particles (r) follows the inverse square law in a similar manner as that shown for gravity, magnetism and light intensity. The inverse square law means the as distance increase the force (F) will decrease by the ratio of 1/r_{2}. For more about the inverse square law see of activity labs on Mathematical Relationships in Science.

**Why is that Force is inversely proportional to square of the distance between them?**

__All of these inverse square laws are related to the surface area of a sphere. __For example take a beam of light from a source S (shown above)

Note: the Surface area of sphere - A = 4*pi*r^{2}.

Assume the light source center (S) produces the light. Surround this with a sphere. As the sphere grows the amount of light falling on its surface is reduced by the r ^{2}.

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