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Where can I find a good theoretical treatment of conductor shielding?

Suppose one has three current carrying cylinders lying on the same plane. Some of the electric field of the first conductor ends up on the second conductor, which creates capacitance C12. But also ...
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Electric field due to an electric dipole at a point on the equatorial line

According to [tamilnadu][1] textbook Electric field due to an electric dipole at a point on the equatorial line is given as The direction of E is along ...
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Mean-free-time between collisions and drift-velocity

In a physics text book I need help to make sense of the part highlighted in yellow: This is out of context of course, so just to make it clearer: $\tau$ is the mean free time of the electrons in a ...
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Vector decomposition validity

Is force or field decomposition into component vectors always valid? Lets say a constant electric field $\vec{F}$ is acting in space such that it makes an angle $\phi$ with respect to the horizontal ...
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Why is the electric field perpendicular to every point on the surface of a conductor?

I am reading Berkeley Physics Course, Volume 2 (Electricity and Magnetism by Edward M. Purcell). I am in chapter $3$, page $92$, and the book discusses conductors. The following is from the book: ...
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Electric potential of a uniform rod at coordinate beginning [closed]

I was doing a problem in electrostatics and stumbled on an interesting potential question. The problem is stated as: Suppose there is a thin metal rod of length $2a$ placed in the origin as shown ...
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Fringing effect of electric current

We know the what is the fringing effect of electric field in capacitor, of magnetic field in some in some solenoid or magnetic field in through joint of some metal. But is there is something similar ...
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Does a static electric field act continuously?

Electromagnetic radiation is emitted and absorbed in discrete units, photons. One photon's energy is described by the well known $E = hf$ formula. Now, if you a have static electric field that ...
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$E$-field from changing current in straight wire

A very long insulated wire oriented along the $z$ axis of a cylindrical coordinate system is carrying current that is defined by the following function: $$I(t) =Io + k⋅t$$ (current increases linearly ...
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Conversion of Moving coil galvanometer to ammeter

A galvanometer can be converted into an ammeter by connecting a low resistance (called shunt resistance) in parallel to the galvanometer. Firstly, why do we need to connect the resistance? If a ...
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Why the electric field $\vec{E}$ is constant (=position independent) for an infinite 2D sheet of constant charge?

So I'm reading a text on electricity and it talks about using the integral to compute the total charge of a collection of points, which I mostly understand. But then we get to finding the electric ...
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Electric Potential Energy

When work is done on a positive test charge by an external force to move it from one location to another, does the potential energy increases or decreases, and does the electric potential increases or ...
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Can electric field lines “sometimes” pass through conductors' surfaces?

I have a rather general question about electric field lines. If we have a hollow and neutral spherical shell and we place somewhere inside it a charge QA=+q, the electric field outside of the ...
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Microscopic fields inside a conductor

In a neutral conductor if we assume electrons as point charges, the electric field in the space between them cannot be identically zero. This microscopic field may be very weak. What if we were very ...
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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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Ion Optics: Electric and Magnetic field. A comparison with Light Optics

When we compare ion optics with light optics, normally we consider electric field. For example Snell's law. $n_1\sin\theta_1$=$n_2\sin\theta_2$. When an electron move from one electric potential to ...
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How do electrons distribute themselves along a wire attached to one pole of a battery?

Let's assume we have an electrochemical cell, like an AA battery. We attach a long straight wire to the negative terminus of the battery, the other end of the wire extends right away from the battery ...
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The potentiality of the electric field

Could you please explain using just words why electric the field is potentially? I know the proof using integral: $$A = \int_{12}q\vec{E}\cdot{d}\vec{r} = qQ\int_{12}\frac{\vec{r}\cdot{d}\vec{r}}{r^3} ...
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Apply Gauss' law to find electric field around nonconducting plastic sheets

The question: Two very large, nonconducting plastic sheets, each 10.0 cm thick, carry uniform charge densities $\sigma_1$,$\sigma_2$,$\sigma_3$ and $\sigma_4$ on their surfaces, as shown in the ...
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Why is this electric field due to one plate of a capacitor $\sigma / 2 \epsilon_0$ when the capacitor plates are finite?

We know that electric field due to an INFINTE large sheet is constant and at INFINTY the electric field is not zero. But say if I take a finite sheet of length l and width w. Then the electric field ...
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How does one start drawing electric fields? [duplicate]

How does one start drawing electric fields.you are given two charge.now there are infinite electric field lines so how do you show greater electric field by drawing denser lines.After all there can be ...
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Static electricty and fields inside of the conductor?

I have a few related questions about static electricity and conductors. 1. when we say static electric field inside a conductor is zero, let us take an example of two concentric conductors, outer one ...
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Why is the electric field highest in regions of highest resistance?

I know Kirchhoff's law and that current must be constant. But what exactly is the phenomenon, from first principles, that causes the electric field to be stronger in a region with lower carrier ...
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Why is the Electric Field Zero at this point?

In a Phet Lab simulation, which is all I have at the moment to do my learning on electric field forces, the point represented as colored on the diagram below is shown to have an electric field ...
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Sign of an electric field in electric potential energy problem

I was wondering why the electric field E in this problem is negative. Is it because the earth is negative? We can assume that near the Earth’s surface, a uniform electric field is set up thanks to ...
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How to approximate trajectories and movement of two oppositely charged particles?

Imagine a single, stationary charged atomic ion, say a Lithium anion or cation (Li+ or Li-). Now imagine another a single free, oppositely charged particle--perhaps an electron or Hydrogen ion ...
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What is the purpose of defining an electric field, and how to apply it?

So, I've been reading an introductory book to physics. I've gotten to the point where I understand Coulomb's law, and now the book is introducing electric fields. I'm having a hard time ...
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What is the cause of the time-varying electric and magnetic near-fields around a wire with a 60Hz AC current?

I know that it's the accelerating electrons in an AC current that are the cause of far field effects. But, what about the reactive near field close to a wire that has a 60Hz AC current? What is the ...
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Is my understanding of electric fields accurate?

Could someone please help me and let me know if the statements below are any accurate? I am struggling trying to understand what electric fields are and I could really use some help! An electric ...
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Why does the Electric Field of a dipole have no x component

According to the solution $2E\sin(\theta) = E_{net}$. I understand how the dipole works but I don't understand why the x component would be 0?
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How can electric field representation be obtained from Enge representation using Maxwell's equations?

Suppose we have a long electric capacitor. Let $L$ be its length ($z$ coordinate), $W$ its width ($y$ coordinate), and $D$ its full height (full aperture; $x$ coordinate). Let $L\gg W\gg D$. The ...
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Does a current carrying wire produce electric field outside?

In the modern texts of electromagnetism in the presence of stationary currents the electric field is assumed conservative $\nabla \times E =0 $. Using this we get $E_{||}^{out}=E_{||}^{in}$ which ...
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What factors cause the velocity saturation to occur at different electric fields for different materials?

In semiconductors the velocity of carriers gets saturated after a certain value of electric field. In silicon it occurs at around $10^4 kV/cm$ and in GaAs at some other value. What factors are ...
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Is there a surface charge density?

Consider a dielectric sphere placed within a dielctric medium. There is a uniform electric field $E_0$ present throughout in the medium. Would there be surface charge on the sphere?
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Does a conductor need to touch the battery terminal for electric field to be set up inside it?

I understand that an electric field is setup inside a conductor when it is connected to the terminals of a battery and that this field is caused by induced surface charges on the conductor. These ...
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Why do electric field lines start and end at 90 degree at the surface of a conductor? [duplicate]

There is one property of electric lines of forces which states that: Electric field lines start and end at 90 degree at the surface of the conductor. But why is that so? Is there any proof for ...
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Change in Potential energy moving toward line of charge

I'm analyzing the energy involved with charges moving in an electric field and I'm getting caught up here and I must be missing something. So given that an infinitely long line of charge produces a ...
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How can there be a current and an electric field in an idealized wire with no voltage drop?

In an ideal circuit, How can there be a current b/w points a & b, when there is no potential difference and thus no electric field between a & b? If there is no current, then where does ...
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Flux due to a charge placed just outside the vertex of a cube [duplicate]

There was a solved example in my book on Gauss's Law. The question says that there is a charge q placed at a distance d outside one of the vertices of a cube such that d tends to 0.My objective is to ...
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Electric field of two infinitely long and thin, straight wires

I know the formula of the electric field, however: suppose that we put two infinitely long and thin, straight wires symetrically into the coordinate system, so that y axis is between them. Now ...
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Calculating voltage in piezoelectric material

The piezoelectric constitutive law is defined by the two equations: $$S=s T+dE\\ D=d T+\epsilon E$$ $S$: Strain. $T$: Stress. $E$: Electric field. $D$: electric charge-density displacement. ...
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Electric field due to a charged conductor

I have this grave confusion that I have been having since a while. When we calculate the electric field due to an infinite plane sheet of charge then the answer comes out to be $σ/2ε$. In this case we ...
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Potential and Electric field

I'm trying to find the electric field from the potential and vise-versa but I'm having trouble I know the electric field of a ring with radius a and charge Q to be $$E=\frac{Qx}{4\pi ...
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How can equipotential planes differ in potential in an uniform field?

I'm trying to solve an exercise that asks me the field strength of an uniform electric field where equipotential planes differ by $1\ \mathrm{V}$ and are $2.5\ \mathrm{cm}$ apart. First of all, I ...
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Gauss Theorem:Electric field of an uniformly charged non-conducting spherical shell

I want to know the electric field of an uniformly charged non-conducting spherical shell. I know that in case of conductors(metals),the sphere can be shell or it can be solid,but in both the cases ...
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dipole field on axis twice the field on perpendicular bisector

Why is the dipole field on axis twice the field on perpendicular bisector? For the perpendicular bisector: Lets assume -q is right from of the origin and +q is left from the origin, both a distance a ...
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Is there an electric field in the direction of a uniform current?

In an infinite plane where uniform current is passing through,is there any electric field? Because i know that charge produces an electric field but in a uniform current and because it is an infinite ...
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Why does the potential difference between two charged plates increase as they move further apart?

Suppose a uniform electric field $E$ exists between to oppositely charged metal plates (one is positively charged and one is negatively charged). If the plates move apart, and the charges on each ...
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Calculating the amount of charges for an object that is electrostatically induced

Induction is one of the ways to get an object electrostatically charged. While positive charges accumulate on one side, negative charges accumulate on the other side for an object in an electric ...
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How can a black hole have a charge? [duplicate]

Under current particle theory, the four fundamental forces use a force-carrying particle. The particle for electromagnetism is the photon. By definition a black hole is a mass from which light can ...