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Electric field is defined as the electric force per unit charge.

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EM force, blocking force carrier photons in a static electric field

I am doing some personal research in this specific area and wanted to ask something related to photons and EM force. are involved. Here is a thought experiment that doesn't add up to observed results, ...
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Paradox with Gauss' law when space is uniformly charged everywhere

Consider that space is uniformly charged everywhere, i.e., filled with a uniform charge distribution, $\rho$, everywhere. By symmetry, the electric field is zero everywhere. (If I take any point in ...
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Energy in electric field

I'm having some trouble understanding a homework question and would appreciate some help. The question is as follows: Jenny charges a capacitor with the help of a battery. She then removes the ...
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Field due to current in a wire

Suppose a current flows in a straight cylindrical wire so that an electric field $\textbf{E}$ is maintained in the wire. Will there be an electric field just outside the wire..?
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Where does the equation $E_q = \frac{kq}{r^2}$ come from in this problem?

A point charge is placed at each corner of a square with side length $a$. The charges all have the same magnitude $q$. Two of the charges are positive and two are negative, as shown in the ...
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Are the field lines the same as the trajectories of a particle with initial velocity zero

Is it true that the field lines of an electric field are identical to the trajectories of a charged particle with initial velocity zero? If so, how can one prove it? The claim is from a german ...
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Ewings Molecular Theory of Magnetism & Induction Cookers

This question regards Ewings molecular theory of magnetism I.) Ewing's molecular theory of magnetism describes every magnetic substance as being a collection of dipoles that are initially in a state ...
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How can a non-conservative field be a scalar multiple of a conservative field?

Okay so I was reading this from University Physics by Freeman and Young and on the topic of inductors as circuit element, they wrote that $\mathbf{E_c} + \mathbf{E_n} = 0$ which makes no sense to me ...
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What is discontinuity in Vector Fields

I am reading David J. Griffiths and have a problem understanding the concept of discontinuity for E-field. The E-field has apparently to components. (How does he decompose the vector field into the ...
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why is total electron energy of an electron in metal negative?

In my textbook, it says that any electron bound in metals, modelled as some potential well $U$, has negative total electron energy, as shown below in the figure. Why is the total electron energy ...
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Why does a point charge generate an electric field and why is an electric field represented by this formula?

Why does a point charge generate an electric field and why is an electric field represented by this formula $$E ~=~ \frac{q}{4 \pi \epsilon r^2},$$ where $\epsilon$ is permittivity of free space ...
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Why does it seem that the potential difference dependence of capacitance and total energy stored in a parallel-plate capacitor are contradictory?

Consider a parallel-plate capacitor. Charge is stored physically on electrodes ("plates") which are flat and parallel to one another. If one electrode has charge $+Q$ and the other electrode has ...
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How does electricity flow in conductor when potential difference is applied?

Electrons move from higher potential to lower potential. When a conductor is connected to battery, electron move from negative terminal to positive terminal. But the battery itself forms a Electric ...
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Improvement Of Soft Iron And Steel As Magnets

I am given to know that soft iron is used as temporary electromagnet since it has high permeability i.e. the ability to align its domains corresponding to the electric field around it, however has a ...
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Is the electric field zero inside an ideal conductor carrying a current?

By an ideal conductor, I mean one with zero resistance. Inside an ideal conductor with no current, the electric field is zero, but is the electric field still zero with the ideal conductor carrying a ...
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Using Gauss's Law to calculate electric fields between plates

I have two earthed metal plates, separated by a distance $d$ with a plane of charge density $\sigma$ placed a distance $a$ from the lower plate. I want to derive expressions for the strength of the ...
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Can lightning be used to solve NP-complete problems?

I'm a MS/BS computer science guy who is wondering about why lightning can't (or can?) be used to solve NP complete problems efficiently, but I don't understand the physics behind lightning, so I'm ...
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Existence Of Electric Field Lines

Can an Electric Field with field lines Like So Exist: One Of my friends said it couldn't as the field lines here are not conservative ; so it cannot exist ; Is he right? Or can it be made to ...
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Equipotential Contour mapping and making it 3D [closed]

I have seen Contour diagrams for Equipotentials . That are drawn like so: I also saw One image for these contours that was in 3D (Negative Point Charge) : I was Wondering If there's any ...
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Electricity & Magnetism - Is an electric field infinite?

The inverse square law for an electric field is: $$E = \frac{Q}{4\pi\varepsilon_{0}r^2}$$ Here: $$\frac{Q}{\varepsilon_{0}}$$ is the source strength of the charge. It is the point charge divided ...
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$\mu$T in to $\frac{W}{m^2}$ (for interpreting EMF readings)

I am considering purchasing an EMF reader, to collect data about what is being thrown off of power lines and various other sources in the house to reach some conclusions. An issue is, the meter can ...
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Why do you get electric field of a light wave?

Why do you get electric field of a light wave in following form: $E(x,t)=A cos(kx-\omega t- \theta)$?( look at: https://public.me.com/ricktrebino -> OpticsI-02-Waves-Fields.ppt, p. 18)
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The discontinuity of Electric Field

''electric field always undergoes a discontinuity when you cross a surface charge $\sigma$'' GRIFFITHS In the derivation; Suppose we draw a wafer-thin Gaussian Pillbox, extendind just barely over the ...
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A closed surface, no charge enclosed, yet flux not 0?

! The book says it is $E_0\pi r^2$ because the flux through the circle is equal to the curved part of the paraboloid. I don't understand this, shouldn't the total flux be 0 for the whole surface? ...
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Why we cannot use Gauss's Law to find the Electric Field of a finite-length charged wire?

One of my physics books has a nice example on how to use Gauss's Law to find the electric field of a long (infinite) charged wire. However, at the very end of the example, the author ends by saying ...
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Electric fields in/around conductors

So according to my notes, the field inside a conductor is zero. But what, exactly, is meant by inside? I think we are in electrostatics for the purpose of this question. The reason it is zero is ...
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Derivation of Electric Force between Parallel Plates

So the electric field between two parallel plates is given by $E = V/d.$ How do you derive this?
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“Find the net force the southern hemisphere of a uniformly charged sphere exerts on the northern hemisphere”

This is Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics, 2.43, if you have the book. The problem states Find the net force that the southern hemisphere of a uniformly charged sphere exerts on the ...
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Charge Distribution on a Parallel Plate Capacitor

If a parallel plate capacitor is formed by placing two infinite grounded conducting sheets, one at potential $V_1$ and another at $V_2$, a distance $d$ away from each other, then the charge on either ...
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In electrostatics, why the conductor is an equipotential surface?

Since the electric field inside a conductor is zero that means the potential is constant inside a conductor, which means the "inside" of a conductor is an equipotential region. Why books conclude ...
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In electrostatics, why the electric field inside a conductor is zero?

In electromagnetism books, such as Griffiths or the like, when they talk about the properties of conductors in case of electrostatics they say that the electric field inside a conductor is zero. I ...
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Boundary conditions for static electric field

Consider a surface that carries surface charge density. In electrostatics, boundary conditions are studied by showing that there is a discontinuity in the normal component of the electric field across ...
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Scaling of Static Electric Field

The electric field of a point charge goes like $\displaystyle\frac{1}{r^2}$ The electric field of an infinite line goes like $\displaystyle\frac{1}{s}$ The electric field of an infinite plane is ...
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Electric Flux Density - Ring Charge

A ring placed along $y^{2}$ + $z^{2}$ = 4, x = 0 carries a uniform charge of 5 $\mu$C/m. Find D at P(3,0,0) Should I be using Gauss's Law to solve this problem? I was considering using a spherical ...
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What is a boundary condition for capacitors/dielectrics?

I am extremely confused about what boundary conditions are. One minute ago I was solving easy capacitor questions and the next minute I am being asked boundary condition questions and there is no such ...
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Origin of field deduced from potential

Related: Tubelights+power lines pictures? I would've edited this into the above question, but I realized that there' enough to it to qualify as a new one. Plus this seems to be a confusion of ...
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Tubelights+power lines pictures?

I've come across many pictures like these, sometimes in chain emails reporting the dangers of power lines. Another claim is that they run on "wasted" energy. The explanations given are that the ...
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Current in a simple circuit

I was going over my notes for an introductory course to electricity and magnetism and was intrigued by something I don't have an answer to. I remember my professor mentioning, to the best I can ...
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What is the electric field part of an EM wave? Radiation field or the induction field?

Look at this image: I wonder if the electric field is from the induction field from a vibrating electron or the radiation field? If it is from the radiation field, as I suppose, than can someone ...
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Mechanism by which electric and magnetic fields interrelate

I read that force due to electric field on some particle in one reference frame can exhibit itself as force due to magnetic field in some other reference frame and that electric and magnetic fields ...
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Force from point charge on perfect dipole

Have a point charge and a perfect dipole $\vec{p}$ a distance $r$ away. Angle between $\vec{p}$ and $\hat{r}$ is $\theta$. Want to find force on dipole. I'm having more than a little difficulty ...
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Help me find electric field strength vector for this given equipotential line

I'm a physics tutor. This is the question from a High school book. The equation of an equipotential line in an electric field is y = 2x, then the electric field strength vector at (1, 2) may be ...
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Given charge distribution find electric field

Given a charge distribution $\rho(\vec{r})$ where $\vec{r}$ is the position vector and that $\rho$ is a function of only $|x|$, Why is it that the corresponding electric field $E$ is necessarily of ...
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Electric field at a point inside a capacitor

Let's say I have a parallel plate capacitor. How would I find the electric field at a certain point INSIDE the capacitor (inside the dielectric let's say). From what I understand, the flux of the ...
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Fields versus Photons

Does the field of a set of photons behave differently from a single photon. e.g. Suppose I have a group of photons with their Electric fields $\mathbb{E}_n$ all aligned. So \mathbb{E}_{\text{tot}} ...
Suppose an electric field $E=-\nabla \psi$ where $\psi=-Q\ln r$ where $Q$ is just some constant and I have found its harmonic conjugate to be $-Q\theta+c$ where $c$ is some constant. What does it say ...