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A law stating that like charges repel and opposite charges attract, with a force proportional to the product of the charges and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.
‘The analytical expression for this energy was obtained in the form of Coulomb's law with an effective distance-dependent dielectric function.’
‘Among these was Coulomb's law in electrostatics.’
‘The importance of Coulomb's law for the development of electromagnetism is examined and discussed.’
‘The main assumptions are that the plate boundary follows Coulomb's law of shear strength, and that the plate is an elastic homogeneous and isotropic body.’
‘He did this by equating Coulomb's law to Newton's equations of motion.’
Origin
Late 18th century: named after C.-A. de Coulomb (see coulomb).