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Understanding Capacitors [duplicate]

I cannot understand how capacitors work. Electric field is supposedly uniform between the parallel plates of a capacitor. But how? Since $E=\frac{kq}{d^2}$, shouldn't the electric field approach ...
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Can one deduce absolute motion through magnetism? [closed]

I am trying to understand forces in relativity: Suppose there are two electrons A , B travelling side by side at 1 cm distance at .99 c (in space or at lHC, ignoring all other factors). I know that ...
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electron in magnetic and electric field

I have this problem where i should find the direction and magnitude of the electric and the magnetic force on the electron. And then I'm supposed to find the direction and magnitude of the ...
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What happens to the electric field at the boundary of a dielectric?

The question in the title is a broader one, but for now, I want to confine myself to the following problem. I have the task to find the potential difference between points A and B shown in the ...
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Electric field inside a material

I was thinking about the polarisation, and how the electric field behaves inside the material of permittivity greater than one. I think to have understood what happens to D and P, but is not clear ...
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Whats the meaning of this equation relating electric field and potential energy?

My electrodynamics teacher was explaining that it is required to apply some energy (or do some work) on charges in order to arrange them in space. When he stated an example about energy in a capacitor ...
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Macroscopic electric field

How does the integral over potentials due to dipoles equal the macroscopic field as given in Griffiths page 174. Does that mean macroscopic electric field is numerically equal to the potential?
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Polarisation inside a sphere

Why is the electric field inside a uniformly polarised sphere not zero? I am confused because charge enclosed is zero and by Gauss' law electric field has to be zero.
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Electric Flux is zero

When is the Electric Flux zero through a closed surface? I know that if number of field lines entering is equal to leaving then it is true. Which I think is always true for a closed surface. So can ...
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High Level Understanding Q: What *is* a magnetic/electric field?

Note: I have seen this question -> (What is a magnetic field) and would still like some clarification. I have also seen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFAOXdXZ5TM and https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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What is maximum energy we can extract from electric field?

I was reading Does Electric field has mass Energy; it gives energy density k stored around an electric charge as $ k = \dfrac{q^2}{r^4}$ in skeleton form without any constants. So, a definite amount ...
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electrostatic shielding in paradox

We have electric field in side a sphere with formula E=q×r\4π€R^2 But according to electrostatic shielding electric field inside a conductor is zero. How to solve the paradox. In the above equation r =...
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Relation between potential difference and electric field

I was reading an article about resistivity when I faced this equation: $$V_P-V_O=\int_P^O E.dr$$ The equation is in one dimension and $P$ and $O$ are points on the $x$ axis. The Electric field is ...
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Surface density charge, divergence of the electric field and gauss law

It´s known that the divergence of the electric field at a certain point is given by this formula: $$\nabla \cdot E=\dfrac{\rho (r)}{\epsilon_{0}}$$ Being $\rho (r)$ the volume charge density at that ...
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How is the curl of the electric field possible?

Taking the curl of the electric field must be possible, because Faraday's law involves it: $$\nabla \times \mathbf{E} = - \partial \mathbf{B} / \partial t$$ But I've just looked on Wikipedia, where it ...
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Why does a 2-sided propagating EM wave become 1-sided if B is made proportional to E?

If you simulate the propagation of an electromagnetic wave in 1D free space (no charges or currents) with initial conditions of $E\neq0$ and $B=0$, and you look at a movie of $E$ vs time, then after ...
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Non-Zero Electric Field Inside A Conducting Shell

Statement: "The electric field is zero everywhere inside the conductor, whether the conductor is solid or hollow." Question: A coaxial cable consists of a long, straight filament surrounded by a long,...
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Energy stored in electric field [duplicate]

I know that energy stored in electric field / unit volume = $\frac{1}{2} \epsilon\,E^2$. so can I say that for any configuration calculating $\int \frac{1}{2} \epsilon\, E^2 \,d^3r$ over whole space -...
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How do we calculate electric field on the axis of a disc using gauss law and the concept of solid angle?

We can easily find the electric field at the axis of the disc by considering a differential ring and then integrating it to form a disc, but I was searching for rather a bit simplified proof using ...
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What is the maximum reach distance of electric field? [duplicate]

if i charge small object by removing electrons and put that object in the middle of huge vacuum chamber (million of light years in size) does the electric field lines of that charged object still be ...
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Relation between Electric field and potential

I am unable to understand from this - sign comes. Which step I have done wrong?
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Inconsistency in solving energy in free space given electric potential

So we have the equation $$ W= \frac{1}{2} \int_{volume} \rho_v V\,dv$$ and then after applying a vector identity which is $$\nabla \cdot (V\vec{D})=V(\nabla\cdot \vec{D})+\vec{D}\cdot (\nabla V)$$...
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Would a spinning carbon steel (high magnetic permeability) sphere become magnetized?

Would a spinning carbon steel (high magnetic permeability) sphere "falling" through Earth's magnetic field become magnetized? Would a spinning, evenly charged sphere generate a magnetic field?
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Coaxial cable with electric flux

I had a question when I solved some examples of coaxial cables. I want to find the E and D field using $\rho_s = {Q \over {2\pi r L}}$. Here is my question: Why is the inner surface of the cylinder ...
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Electric field at surface of a spherical shell

The shell theorem provides a well known result that for a spherical shell with uniformly distributed charge $Q$ and radius $R$, the electric field at a distance of $r$ from the center is: $$\begin{...
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If Electric field is constant in a region, does it imply potential is also constant?

I am a bit confused about these concepts- when is electric field or electric potential constant so i would appreciate if anyone could brief me about these things as well. Here i am referring to ...
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Inserting dielectric slab into a capacitor

I studied that inserting the slab into a capacitor which is connected to a battery is difficult and we have to do the work, and inserting the slab into a disconnected capacitor is easy and we don't ...
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Choosing between a parallel-plate and spherical capacitor model

This problem is solved in the solutions manual by making reference to equations for the parallel-plate capacitor. I have some basic understanding of why this is the case (the local curvature is small ...
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What does minus charge mean?

According to my simple knowledge, Charges are negative but sometime I read -for example- : q = -2*10^-8. What is the rule of "minus" if the charge is already negative. The solution for calculating "E"...
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Spherical Conducting Shells, Potential

When we have a spherical conducting shell and charge on outer surface of the shell then the potential inside remains constant i.e, kQ/R (R=radius). But say the inner surface of the shell is charged ...
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Please Can Anyone help Me to drive the equation for Electric Field Around a test Charge Around A uniform Ring. [closed]

Please can i get a mathematical relation for electric Field around a test Charge Lying in the region of influence around a uniformly Distributed Charged Ring .
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Is it possible to express Fleming's Left Hand Rule and Right Hand Rule in terms of vectors?

I recently studied Fleming's Right Hand Rule and Fleming's Right Hand Rule for electromagnetism (For locating direction of Force, Magnetic Field and Current). Using my hands to find the direction is ...
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Electric field of a non-uniformly charged quarter circle

I was studying for my Electromagnetism test when I stumbled upon this problem and haven't been quite able to do it correctly, mostly because I can't find any symmetry for me to calculate the Electric ...
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Why is Electric field flux through a closed surface in Gauss's law not zero?

I learned that the vector flux through any closed surface is always 0. So if you have a sphere(closed surface) and you put it in an uniform electric field, then the total flux is 0. However, the ...
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grounding spherical shells

a Q1 charged spherical shell A with radius of a is inside a Q2 charged spherical shell B with radius b. now A is grounded. since no force is acting on Q1 all of them should be neutralized. and at the ...
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Electric potential energy of a charge

Potential energy is the work done by the particle against a conservative force. Isn't it? when a charge is fixed on a free space and then when we bring another charge from infinity to a distance r ...
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Electric field intensity near to a small conducting plate?

I know the electric field intensity near a infinite charged conducting plate. when the plate is very large we assume that there is a symmetry and take the electric field intensity as same as for ...
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Constant electric background field from theta-term in QCD?

The theta-term of $1+1$ dimensional QED corresponds to a constant electric background field. Does the theta-term of QCD also induce a constant electric background field, which could be measurable in ...
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Total potential energy in electric field?

if there are 2 charges generally potential energy of the system should be the sum of individual potential energy. but why the potential energy is half of the sum of every individual charge's potential ...
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Method of image charges — Why is a *grounded* plate needed?

In the classic image charge problem of a charge $q$ above an infinite grounded plane, it is well known that the field lines essentially behave as though there were a negative charge behind it, and the ...
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When deriving potential between plates of parallel plate capacitor, why isn't the charge distributed on the top *and* bottom of both plates?

Let's say we have a canonical parallel plate capacitor with area $A$ and separation $d$ where $A>> d^2$. A charge of $+Q$ is placed on the top plate and $-Q$ is placed on the bottom plate. We ...
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Does a conductor in an external electric field have a positive charge density and electric field inside?

I'm thoroughly confused by conductors. Let's say you have a round(ish), perfect conductor. Solid and uncharged. Some distance from it, we place a point charge $q$, giving rise to a field $\vec{E}$. ...
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Why a common potential is attained?

Lets say we have a 50 v conductor .Now is we touch the conductor,by another conductor , both the conductors will attains a common potential.Why is this so? How do they acquire such a common potential??...
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Null point (vector) between n point charges

I have derived the result for 2 positive charges, and for one positive one negative can be obtained by using the minus sign correctly. But I was unable to extend it or solve for n charges. Is my ...
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Can electric strength between two parallel plate be calculated by its given electric potential difference and distance?

The electric strength between two parallel plates does not depend on its separating distance, and only depend on the number of charges the two plates carried. Therefore $\epsilon$ cannot be calculated ...
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Electric Field Inside a Conductor at Different Charge Densities [closed]

We say that the magnitude of the electric field inside a conductor is zero, whether a hollow or solid. However, at certain charge densities, the magnitude of the electric field inside the conductor ...
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Thermionic emission

I have a pretty basic question regarding the beam of electrons as a result of thermionic emission. In an electron gun, the emitted electrons from the cathode become incident at a point on the other ...
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Is the electric field strength along an equipotential surface constant?

I'm trying to determine whether or not the electric field strength $|\vec{\mathcal{E}}|$ is constant everywhere on an equipotential surface. I know an equipotential surface is defined as $$ S = \{\...
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Do fields have to be continuous and smooth? [closed]

As far as I understand it, a field in physics is a physical quantity that has a value for each point in space and time. However, I'm not sure whether these physical fields that we commonly use (such ...
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Electric flux of a charged rod through a uniform disc

I have an assignment regarding electric flux. The question I was given has the following sketch: The first question was about the force on the rod from the disc at the $z$-axis. I reached the ...