A fundamental property of matter which causes it to experience electromagnetic forces.

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Does a capacitor experience a Newtonian reaction when being charged?

Say I have a capacitor that is being charged with a battery. There are two wires, one on the positive and one on negative terminal of the battery which go to a capacitor. During the charging, a ...
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How can “…electrons flow in metals, but not in the ground…” explain grounding rods?

I really enjoyed Why is the charge naming convention wrong? But, in the comments at the very end, the statement that "...electrons flow in metals, but not in the ground..." left me uneasy. I was ...
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Understanding parallel plate capacitors [on hold]

I need help with understanding this assignment. I originally though of using the equation of Eo*A/D = Q/ΔV but I don't know how to answer this without actual numbers to plug in besides the epsilon-not ...
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Close or open circuit?

A electric source provides a non electrostatic influence on the charges inside the source which pushes the positive charges from the negative terminal to the positive one. Does this happen when the ...
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When two spheres of equal charge make contact, why does the larger sphere gain more charge?

Suppose that two spheres, $S1$ and $S2$, with radii $R1$ and $R2$ resp. have the same charge uniform charge $Q$ and $R1 > R2$. After they are forced to come in contact, why does $S1$ gain more ...
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How can I find the position of an image charge when the boundary is parabolic or hyperbolic?

If the position of some charge $Q$ is known, the boundary condition is $u=0$ on some parabolic surface, and we know the image charge has its electric volume of $Q'$, then how can I determine the ...
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Linear Charge distribution in thin (conduction) beam due to electric field

I'm trying to figure out the linear charge density in a very, very thin conductive beam of 0 net charge due to an electric field generated by a source very, very far away. Since the beam is ...
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How does a minority carrier diffuse?

I have gone through a lot of questions but none of them ask how do the minority carriers approach the depletion layer in the first place. When a p-n junction is formed, negative space charge ...
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Finding out the charge density (electrostatics) [closed]

A solution to the potential in the region $ -a < y <a$ , where there is charge density $\rho$ , satisfies the boundary conditions , $\phi = 0$ in the planes $ y = -a$ and $y = a$. $$ \phi = ...
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Is there anything that has mass but no charge?

Is there anything that has mass but no charge? I am of course aware of neutrons, but since these have internal structure and only a net non-zero charge, they will have a non-trivial electric field ...
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Current in discharging capacitor through fixed resistor?

In the textbook I'm using for physics it says that the charge left on the plates of a capacitor after time $t$, that is discharging through a fixed resistor, is $Q=Q_0e^{-t/\tau}$ where $\tau=RC$ is ...
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Why do electron and proton have the same but opposite electric charge?

What is the explanation between equality of proton and electron charges (up to a sign)? This is connected to the gauge invariance and renormalization of charge is connected to the renormalization of ...
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Mass of a point charge [closed]

A point charge is defined as an electric charge at a mathematical point with no dimensions(Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_particle#Point_charge). Can anything be said about its mass in ...
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Opacity/transparency of conductive meshes to charged particles (electrons/ions)

When using a conductive (metal) mesh, effectively a metallic woven fabric, in vacuum applications as a "grid" for charged particle optics, how does one calculate (or at least estimate) the opacity or ...
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Why is the charge transferred by electrons and not by protons?

Charges are transferred by electrons which we all know. But why can't it be transferred by protons? Well, I searched on Google where I found similar questions already being asked on many sites. ...
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Symmetry arguments and plane sheet of charge [duplicate]

The electric field due to a infinite plane sheet of charge is given by $\sigma/\epsilon_o$. Now could we have deduced by symmetry that the electric field's magnitude won't depend on distance?
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Some confusions regarding electrostatic shielding

A spherical conductor A contains two spherical cavities as shown. The total charge on conductor itself is zero. However, there is a point charge q1 at the centre of one cavity and q2 at the centre ...
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Electrostatics: Cylinder and conducting plane question (method of images)

I was looking at some problems/questions about electrostatics and came across this question: An infinitely long cylinder of radius $a$ and with charge density per unit length $\lambda$ is placed ...
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Question regarding Van De Graff generator Belt

I have made a VDG generator with a rubber band as the belt and a glass roller. It doesnt seem to work because I think the rubber band may be conductive. I was thinking of using other materials for ...
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Voltage - Energy drop

I'm having a hard time understanding the nature of voltage and am hoping you guys can help. The main issue is the concept of the voltage drop. Take the following circuits : In regard to the first, ...
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Why are there no charges inside a conducting sphere?

Why is it necessarily true that all charges occupy themselves only on the surface of a conducting sphere, and not anywhere inside the sphere? One argument is that if a charge were to be inside a ...
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Why is the charge naming convention wrong?

I recently came to know about the Conventional Current vs. Electron Flow issue. Doing some search I found that the reason for this is that Benjamin Franklin made a mistake when naming positive and ...
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Upper limit to electric charge confinement?

The following questions are not intended for conventional capacitors (which stores excess charge on the outside surface), rather a type of hypothetical capacitor which is designed to confine charge by ...
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Definition of Charge [duplicate]

Please give me a definition of charge. A textbook I have defines it to be - "A fundamental property of matter, which determines whether the matter will receive an electric flow or liberate one" I ...
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How strong a magnetic field would be needed to deflect cosmic rays?

How strong a magnetic field would be needed to deflect cosmic rays? For example, lets imagine we wanted to protect the occupants of the International Space Station from cosmic rays. I assume we would ...
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Electric charge difference weapon? [closed]

We all know how lightning works: The clouds have a strong static charge and release that charge towards the ground. But could it be used as a weapon? Would a weapon of the following description work? ...
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Where to place a charge to establish net force of 0? [closed]

A charge, Q2 = -15.00x10^-6 C, is 10.00 cm to the right of charge Q1 = 18.00x10^-6 C. Where can a third charge be placed, along the line connecting Q1 and Q2, such that it experiences no net force ...
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(boundary conditions) Interface between two lossless media

I'm wondering why there's usually no free charges nor free currents in the interface between two lossless media? no free current "I guess" is due to the insulating nature of a lossless media but why ...
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Does the electromagnetic force “split” at lower than normal energies?

Since we have working models for forces "combining" or being describable via a single framework at higher energies (such as the "electroweak" force and the aim of GUTs), does electromagnetism split ...
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Why doesn't an electron's charge rip the electron apart?

Like charges repel. What keeps an electron's charge from repelling itself? This problem would come up if an electron was divisible and its parts had fractional charge. A related question is, what ...
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Does charge of a metal charged by induction determine by which ends of the metal is grounded to?

Does charge of a metal charged by induction determine by which part of the metal is ground to? I draw a diagram to make it simple to understand: Right diagram: When ground is touched with the ...
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Why is the mass of neutrino expressed in electronvolts?

The definition of electronvolt (eV) from wiki is In physics, the electronvolt (symbol eV; also written electron volt) is a unit of energy equal to approximately 160 zeptojoules (symbol zJ) or ...
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What is Gauss's Law in two dimensions?

I am trying to figure out how the equation for the field if a Gaussian surface was applied to a 2D plane. I did see another question already asked on the subject, but I didn't get a particular ...
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if there is no electric field then any charge exists or not? [closed]

If we assume a region of space in which there is no electric field, can we say that no electric charge exists? I think that there is no electric charge particles to create electric field for this ...
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Protons, electrons and integers

From this calculation (https://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080724101956AA4zed1), two protons seperated by the distance of one atom feel the electromagnetic force repelling them ...
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Force due to combination of free space and dielectric

I will make a generalized form of my question. There are two point charges $q$, $x$ distance apart. And there is a dielectric slab of thickness $t$ and of dielectric constant $K$. Should the force ...
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Kaluza Klein charge

If I take a $(d+1)$ dimensional Einstein Hilbert Lagrangian $L_{d+1}=\sqrt{-\hat{g}} \hat{R}$ and perform a standard Kaluza Klein dimensional reduction by periodically identifying one direction, let's ...
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Are charges absolute or relative?

The charge of a particle is (mostly) an intrinsic property of the particle. One of the few elementary particles that doesn't have a charge are neutrino's. Does that mean that it is still possible ...
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Semiconductor problem: how much Boron is required to establish a certain amount of charge carrier density

The problem description is as follows: Boron is used to dope 1 kg of germanium (Ge). How much boron (B) is required to establish a charge carrier density of 3.091 x 10^17 / cm^3. One mole of ...
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How did scientists manage to measure the charge of electron so precisely?

According to the latest CODATA reports the charge of electron is known very precisely $\approx 1.6021765314 \times 10^{-19}$. My question is: How is this charge determined with such high precision? ...
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Can polarization occur if both charges are neutral?

If I keep neutral conductive pieces of some metal close to a neutral conductive sheet, what will happen? Will any of them get polarized or nothing will happen. My guess is nothing will happen as for ...
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Why does current density changes but not current? [closed]

let us assume that we have a conductor with a specified resistance ( case 1 ) and a normal conductor ( case 2 ) as shown in the figure , and now we apply an external electric field with a battery on ...
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What is the net charge of the Earth?

This question arose in a seminar today about the solar wind... This is my vagueish understanding of the problem - please correct if you see errors! The 'classical' picture of atmospheric electricity ...
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Charge on Earth [closed]

We know that the Earth is neutral. But what will happen if the Earth becomes negatively charged or positively charged somehow?
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How quark electric charge directly have been measured?

How quarks electric charge directly have been measured when quarks never directly observed in isolation? (Due to a phenomenon known as color confinement.)
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How to find the distribution of charge on two spheres connected by a conducting wire?

A solid metal sphere of radius $R$ has charge $+2Q$. A hollow spherical shell of radius $3R$, concentric with the first sphere, has net charge $-Q$. What would be the final distribution of the charge ...
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Why is spacetime curved by mass but not charge [duplicate]

According to general relativity theory, the deformation of spacetime is proportional to energy tensor $$T_{\mu\nu}.$$ $$ R_{\mu\nu}-\frac{1}{2}g_{\mu\nu}R = 8\pi G T_{\mu\nu}. $$ Does it mean that ...
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Will charges attract or repel?

If the universe consist of only two particles namely electron and proton, and if they are separated away by huge distance, they will still attract each other. Can we prove it without using Coulomb's ...
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Force from a large conducting plate [closed]

How can I find the distance to a test-charge, hoovering below a conducting plate? Newtons laws applies. $$ $$ According to this information, I conclude that the force is equal zero. It is not ...
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Electron gun; potentials around charged plates

I know that an electron gun releases electrons by thermionic emission and accelerate the electron through charged plates, and that the electrons are not gaining any energy after they leave the gap ...