# Coulomb's law

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## Cou·lomb's law

(ko͞o′lŏmz′, -lōmz′)
n.
The fundamental law of electrostatics stating that the force between two charged particles is directly proportional to the product of their charges and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.

[After Charles Augustin de Coulomb.]

## Coulomb's law

n
(General Physics) the principle that the force of attraction or repulsion between two point electric charges is directly proportional to the product of the charges and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them. A similar law holds for particles with mass

## Coulomb's law

A law stating that the strength of the electric field between two charged objects depends on the strength of the charges of the objects and on the distance between them. The greater the charges are, the stronger the field is, and the greater the distance between the charged objects is, the weaker the field is.
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 Noun 1 Coulomb's Law - a fundamental principle of electrostatics; the force of attraction or repulsion between two charged particles is directly proportional to the product of the charges and inversely proportional to the distance between them; principle also holds for magnetic poleslaw of nature, law - a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature; "the laws of thermodynamics"
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1(b), they proposed a hypothesis that the Coulomb law does not hold in the vicinity of the atomic nucleus, suggesting the effect of nuclear vibrations.
Data on differences in spectra associated with different isotopes of heavy elements is being accumulated rapidly at present and may in the future prove an important source of knowledge about the nucleus, but at present not much more can be said than that reasonable assumed departures from the Coulomb law in the neighbourhood of the nucleus can account in order of magnitude for the observed effects.
This structure is somewhat similar to the solar system, since an attractive force between the nucleus and electrons is caused by the Coulomb law, being inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.

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