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

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Why do electrical charges given to a conductor come to the surface? [duplicate]

It is said that any charge given to a conductor comes to its surface. Should all the protons come to the surface? Should all the electrons come to the surface, or should all the free electrons come ...
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Drawing the lines of force for an electric field varying in magnitude but having a constant direction

How will the electric lines of force look for an electric field varying in magnitude but having a constant direction, say along +ve z axis ? According to me, since the electric field is varying in ...
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Why, fundamentally, are particles charged?

This is something that has long bothered me, and I have asked a few physicists and chemists and never gotten a very satisfying answer. Why are particles charged? And I'm not asking (and this is the ...
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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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Principle of superposition and QED

For finding a net force on a charge when it is in influence of many charges we simply do vectorical addition of all individual interaction of that charge with others. That's what is principle of ...
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How to determine the angular velocity of a particle with mass $m$ and charge $q$ in a constant B field? [on hold]

$\textbf{PROBLEM:}$ A particle with mass $m$ and charge $q$ moves in a constant magnetic field $B$. Show that, if the initial velocity is perpendicular to $B$, the path is circular and the angular ...
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How do you calculate the electric tension between two charged entities?

If: 1) you know the coordinates and individual charge(in coulombs) of each object and 2) voltage is the difference in electric potential energy between two nodes How do you calculate the voltage in ...
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Will charge transfer without friction

I know rubbing two objects of different materials together will result in a negative charge on whichever material has a higher electron affinity. However, I was wondering if a negatively charged ...
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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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Electric field radiation with moving charge and observation point

I've been working on Chapter 34 of the first volume of the Feynman Lectures on Physics http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/I_34.html#Ch34-S1. In Fig. 34–3 (reproduced above) Prof. Feynman shows ...
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Help with this question (Eletric Fields, Dipole) [closed]

The answer in the textbook in the solutions manual is the following: I didn't undestand the last step. He said he did a binomial expansion, I just can't figure out! Appreciate any help.
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Putting an Electron on a Conducting Sphere [closed]

What all might go on inside a conducting sphere if I (try to) dump an electron upon it?
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Why do charged objects attract pieces of paper, but not pieces of metal?

I do not understand one concept in Physics: why charged objects (eg. a charged rod or comb) attract pieces of paper when brought close to them, but do not attract pieces of metal. I know that the ...
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Charge distribution on conductors?

You have seen that the excess charge on an isolated conductor moves entirely to the conductor’s surface. However, unless the conductor is spherical, the charge does not distribute itself uniformly. ...
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Is it possible for a conductor initially, not to have a charge?

Well I'm confused. The thing that was implanted to me is that when I hear about conductors, some charge is present and it can move freely. Now what I want to know is that is it possible for a ...
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Levitating capacitor

As the title already says, I would like to make a large capacitor levitate. Before you dismiss this question please hear me out: In essence, this is intended to be a way to avoid the constrains of a ...
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Why do we get electric shocks when most structures are insulators?

Suppose I was standing in the sea, and touched an electric fence; I would receive an electric shock, because both my body and the sea are conductors, and create a path for the electricity to flow. The ...
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Do really, two oppositely charged bodies (of equal charge in magnitude) attract each other?

It is well known fundamental behaviour that, oppositely charged bodies attract each other (I don't know whether it applies also for charges of equal magnitude or not), and identical charges repel each ...
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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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Simple question regarding Gauss's electric law

I just read that electric flux=enclosed charge/permittivity. Considering the charge in an enclosed surface is always 0, what is the point in even having this equation? Or is the equation actually ...
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Why won't protons revolve around the nucleus containing electrons and neutrons?

In case of solar system,we can explain "Why Sun would not revolve around any other planet?",by giving the reason that Sun is heavier than any other planets. Heavier the body,greater will be the ...
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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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What will be effects of harnessing lightning?

In Feynman's Lectures, volume 2, chapter 9, there is a mention of earth getting charged by thunderstorm lightning. It is the thunderstorms throughout the world that are charging the earth with an ...
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Why do nuclear bomb explosions create an array of visible electric discharges in the form of lightening in the upper atmosphere?

I've seen videos on the internet, showing nuclear bomb test explosions, and there appears to be a large amount of visible lightening discharging numerous times over the development of the mushroom ...
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Calculating the rate of electrostatic charge loss

Let's say we have a hollow cylinder with no top and bottom and with a charge $q$, radius $r$ and height $h$ that is made out of hard rubber whose electrical resistivity is $10^{13} \Omega /m$ at room ...
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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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Why cannot massless particles carry charges? [duplicate]

How to show that massless particles do not carry charges from QFT's point of view?
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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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Capacitor and Pith Ball experiment

Suppose I first charge a capacitor so that one plate is positively charged and another negatively. Now I remove the charging source and ground only one of the terminals say negative terminal, will ...
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Can we charge any two bodies (insulators) by rubbing?

I am not talking about the usual glass rubbed with silk rather any two insulators found in nature. If we rub them, will they get charged? Like cotton and plastic etc.
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Why does flux in closed surface remain constant if exterior charge is altered?

Q. Charges $q_1$ and $q_2$ lie inside and outside respectively of a closed surface $S$. Let $E$ be the field at any point on $S$ and $\Phi$ be the flux of $E$ over $S$. One of the answer is: if $q_2$ ...
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Rate of flow of electrons in a simple circuit, given the current? [closed]

I have this question: The correct answer is C. I understand that the flow of electrons should be from Y to X because electrons flow opposite to "conventional current", which is from positive to ...
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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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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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Surface charge on a straight region of a conductor

Most physics textbooks and even questions in stack exchange answer the question why there exists a charge buildup in the bends of a current carrying conductor. But what I am unable to understand 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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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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Force on non-moving charge in solenoid with increasing magnetic field

The problem: "Through a solenoid there is an increasing magnetic field $B$. For a positively charged particle not in motion, what is the direction of force on the particle?" Normally a non-moving ...
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Charge of $W$-bosons in Feynman diagrams

When looking at Feynman diagrams of particle decays, how would I be able to find out the charges of the $W$-bosons involved in the decay?
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Why do we test electric fields with positive charges and not negative ones?

Is there any difference between using a positive versus a negative charge to test an electric field?
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Is this diagram in my textbook not constructed to scale?

Or am I having an illusion. Clearly, the distance from 6v to 4v is not the same as 4v to 2v. I know it should be based on: $V = k\frac{q}{r}$.
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How does the size of conducting sphere affect the distribution of charge?

I am doing my homework. One question gives individual charges on two spheres. And asks what the resulting charge is on each after touching. But one thing interest me is that in the answer key, it's ...
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Why can't objects made of insulating material “store excess charges”?

This is quoted from my textbook. I saw plastic objects before being able to store excess charges. For example, if you rub paper against a plastic pole. Both will gain charges. But in lab, I never ...
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Why do many books say quasineutrality is needed for a plasma to exist?

Many books on plasma physics (Chen, Goldston, Lieberman) say that quasineutrality must be satisfied for the matter in question to be a plasma. Yet, we know that non-neutral plasmas exist. So why do so ...
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Would an electroscope work if it were not in a glass container?

I'm reading about the gold-leaf electroscope and all the sources I've read show that the gold leaves are placed in a glass container. Is there something special about the glass, or would any container ...
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why dosen't a charged particle radiate energy in circular motion in a uniform magnetic field?

I have studied in my Physics course that one of the drawbacks of Rutherford's atomic model was that when an electron will revolve around the nucleus, it is undergoing acceleration and so it should ...
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Does voltage depends on the charge present in an element?

Does the voltage depend on the charge present in a battery ? I know in capacitors q=cv. Hence charge present is proportional to voltage. Is it the same in the case of batteries?
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What are the interpretations of ampere's circuital law for a single moving electron?

I understand from Ampere's circuital law that when a current passes though any open surface with a boundary (a circular boundary, for simplicity), then limit of summation of the scalar products of ...
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Why is Ampere not a derived SI unit? [duplicate]

From my understanding, Ampere is amount of elementary charge per time. So, you should be able to derive it from mol, which is amount, and seconds, which is time. My question: Why is Ampere a base ...
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If you charge water will the evaporation rate change?

If you take away electrons or add electrons to a body of water will the evaporation rate be changed? (Even if it's brief or the effect is small)