If I had a fixed point-charge ($q_1$, +) and I placed another free-moving charge ($q_2$, -) some distance away, what is the potential energy between them?
The opposite charges attract drawing $q_2$ closer and, by Coulomb's Law, the force will increase as the they approach each other. So, the limit of the force as the separation goes to zero goes to infinity? Work and potential energy also go to infinity?
I hurt myself comparing it, mechanically, to a super compressed spring (I'm aware that is proportional force vs. the inverse square) and then thinking that two opposite point charges, regardless of their initial distance of separation, all have infinite potential energy?
It's been a long day... :)