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How can I know the induced charge density in a dielectric?

There's an infinite conduciting plane lying over the XY plane, conected to a battery that keeps it at a constant potential $\phi_0$. At a distance $D$ from the plane there is a point charge $q$ that ...
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Determine potential function given initial conditions?

Assuming a radially symmetric circular disk (let's say r=1). Given two simple initial conditions: Potential at the centre is 4 V Potential at the edges is 0 V How would I determine the potential ...
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Why electric potential at equatorial point of a dipole is 0?

Well ok I know that electric potential at equatorial point of a dipole is 0. It is a derived conclusion. Q1. But how this can be explained "theoretically"? Another question that electric potential ...
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Foce experienced by charge in a fluctuating magnetic field [on hold]

A charge moving in a magnetic field experiences a force given by qv x B where q is the charge v is the velocity of the charge B is the magnetic field and x denotes the cross product. This is the ...
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AP Physics 1/2- Electrostatics Capacitor [on hold]

I recently took a physics exam over Electrostatics Capacitor and was unsure about a couple of questions. the test was free response and I had to explain. Please tell me if my answer and reasoning ...
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Relyance of plate distance on the capacitor equation

I am studying capacitors and i cannot seem to understand why the increase/ decrease in voltage and distance between the plates would affect the capacitor's abillity to store charge. Can anyone help?? ...
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Is it possible that electrostatic forces could explain the strong force?

I was thinking that seeing as though particles in the nucleus are surrounded by electrons, which would be pulling against the protons from all directions it would concentrate the protons in the ...
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Is it possible to get an analytic expression of the capacitance for this geometry?

Here is the geometry I'm talking about: Assume the red rectangle is at some constant potential V, like 10 Volts, and the blue is at ground. We can assume that the rectangles extend infinitely (to ...
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Charge over 2 layer dielectric, image method

If I have a charge $Q$ located over a 2 layer dielectric as represented: According to the image method : the charge $Q'1$ will be located at a distance $h_1$ under the first interface and the $Q'2$ ...
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Charges on outer faces of parallel plate capcitor

Can there be charges on outer charges of a parallel plate capacitor if both the plates are initially charged by different amount and then connected with a battery.
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Time of free fall in a repulsive force [duplicate]

The formula for time of a free falling body when acceleration is not constant can be found in any answers here at this site and also at wikipedia. But I haven't been able to find any formula for a ...
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Static field on plastic slide only during day not night

Can anyone fully explain why- A modern kids park play ground slide made of plastic has a static field of electrons gathered on it only during the day and never at night?
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The Zero Electric Potential of the “Earth”

I know its the potential differences that matter and generally we define the zero of the electric potential according to our convenience. I would like you to look at this standard problem: Charge ...
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how can say electric field inside cavity is non-zero if we put charge in cavity of conductor? [closed]

how can say electric field inside cavity is non-zero if we put charge in cavity of conductor? explain in detail or give reference book read the paragraph given
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Calculating charge density $\rho(r)$ using Gauss law (both forms)

Below is a question given in my assignment. I tried applying Gauss law in both forms, differential and surface integral form. But both there is a difference by a factor of $2$. Is the differential ...
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The distribution of net charge in the Millikan oil drop experiment?

What is the distribution? Of course it depends on the concrete setup. But, what is the typical value? The concern is that, if the distribution is peaked at, say 1000, it would be very difficult ...
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Zero electric field in empty region of hollow conductor

A hollow conducting shell having a net charge of +Q has a point charge -Q placed at its centre. From the diagram, it looks like Suppose the radius of the inner shell from the origin is a and the ...
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Grounding system of conducting plates

So, I always make mistakes on problems such as this (the grounding part), so I'm hoping someone could really explain to me how the process works . There are n large parallel plate conductors carrying ...
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The velocity of the charged particle in the magnetic field [duplicate]

Enrico Fermi considered that moving charged particle gains energy in the magnetic field, so its velocity increases. According to the Lorentz Law $\vec F=q\vec v\times\vec B$. Work is $A=\vec ...
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Lorentz force in different reference frames?

I have been introducing myself to special relativity and relativistic electrodynamics, and became curious about the similarity of the electric and magnetic forces. I'm trying to show that the combined ...
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Maximum electric field of a circular ring

How do you differentiate the equation for electric field of uniform ring $$ E_x = \frac{kxQ}{(x^2+r^2)^{3/2}} $$to get the maximum at a point? My book says $x = \frac{r}{\sqrt2}$. I tried ...
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Electric field of an infinite plane (with and without an infinite conductor)

Suppose we have an infinite and uniformly charged (of surface charge density $\sigma \gt 0$) plane at $z = 0$. We can find the electric field at any point $(x, y, z)$ by computing an integral all ...
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Question specific for Gauss's law [closed]

What do you mean by that an object is uniformly charged? Gauss's Law can be applied in Continuous Charge Distribution. But is it true for Discrete Charge Distribution? If yes, then please explain ...
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Electrostatics, System of Charges [closed]

At $t=0$, a positive point charge of mass $m$ is projected toward another positive point charge of mass $m$ in free space. At the instant of minimum separation kinetic energy of the system of two ...
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What did Feynman want to mean by 'artificial energy'?

I was reading Mechanical and electrical energies by Feynman when I came before this: We have seen an analogous situation in electrostatics. We showed that the energy of a capacitor is equal to ...
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Why don't conductive objects change color when electric dipoles are induced in them?

I was playing around with a comb, my hair, and pieces of paper when it occurred to me that inducing a dipole on the pieces of paper meant that many valence electrons previously on the side closer to ...
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Poisson's equation for conductor with non uniform conductivity

In my introductions to electromagnetics course we have a computer lab where one of the preliminary question is as follows (my attempt at an answer is below the bold part): Is my reasoning correct? ...
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How to obtain $2\pi\epsilon_0$ when computing capacitance per unit length of a system?

To make my question more clear, I will use an example to illustrate it. Consider an infinite conducting plane, with a long conducting cylinder of radius $R$ at a distance $h$ away from it, with the ...
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Field due to induced charges in and out of a conductor with a cavity that contains a charge inside

I want to know the proof for the following statement:- The net electric field due to the "induced charges on the surface of the cavity and the charge inside the cavity" is zero everywhere outside ...
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Electric Flux in a Cube [closed]

Suppose there are 2 cases: A hollow cube with a point charge $+q$ at the center of one of the faces A hollow cube with a point charge $+q$ at the midpoint of one of the edges. In case 1, the ...
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Which is the form of Born-Mayer repulsion term?

I have found in many textbooks different and unclear form of the Born-Mayer repulsion term. I write the interatomic potential as $V(r)= -\frac{e^2}{r}+V_{BM}$ and for $V_{BM}$ I expected something ...
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How to apply Gauss law at null points?

How do I use law to determine total flux at Gaussian surface at null point? It seems , when I consider a Gaussian surface around null point, two axial electric field lines enter it but they don't ...
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Integrating by parts [closed]

I am having little trouble with my professor's note. $$F=-\int{(dr)}{(\vec{\nabla} \cdot \vec{P}) \vec{E} }=\int{(dr)}{(\vec{P} \cdot \vec{\nabla} ) \vec{E} }$$ where F is force, P is polarization, ...
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When two like charges are placed at a large distance from each other, do they attract each other? [closed]

So my friend and I were arguing about this. He insists that if two like charges are placed at a large distance from each other, they attract each other. I find this nonsense. This clearly violates ...
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Electric displacement and Field

Given a problem with dielectric constant value in a region and asked me to find Electric Field and Electric Displacement inside the medium, Should I calculate E first or D first?
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Why is the electric potential zero in this case?

The situation: a charge of $-2q$ is situated a distance $r$ to the left of a charge of $q$. What is the electric potential at a point $p$ a distance $r$ to the right of charge $q$? So basically: -2q ...
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Magnitude of charge on each plate of a parallel capacitor? Why should I multiply by two?

Here's the full question: A parallel-plate capacitor has a plate area of $0.2\ \mathrm m^2$ and a plate separation of $0.1\ \mathrm{mm}$. To obtain an electric field of $2.0\ 10^6\ \mathrm{V/m}$ ...
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How does the Electric Field create a force? [closed]

If we have 2 charged particles which are a certain distance away from each other, they either attract of repel due to the electric field created by both of them. But I don't understand the mechanism ...
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electrical field in coaxial cable

When getting the electric field between the outer and inner cylinder. why is it that we are only concerned with the field generated by the positive charge distribution on the inner surface and not ...
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What does potential mean in capacitor?

Technically potential means work done to move a unit positive charge from one point to another against electrical field but What does potential mean in a capacitor?
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Frequency of Electromagnetic Radiations/Waves?

"A charge that is accelerated will produce variable electric and magnetic fields. These are electromagnetic waves. If the charge oscillates with a frequency f, then the resulting EM wave will have a ...
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Two charged conducting spheres when placed in contact with each other [duplicate]

What happens when two charged conducting spheres of different radii are brought in contact with each other. How does it affect the charge distribution and field lines of spheres?
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What is the electric field at the midpoint of the hypotenuse of a triangle? [closed]

Given, AB = BC = a and Charges at A, B and C are +q, +2q and +q respectively. Found this problem in a textbook. I did it this way : Charges at A and C will have no effect at this point since ...
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There is a hollow object where will the charges reside? Inside the balloon or on the surface of it? [duplicate]

There is a hollow object (for example an inflated balloon.it is charged. where will the charges reside? Inside the balloon or on the surface of it?
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Magnetic force on a charged particle doesn't affect total energy

So there's this sentence in a book I am reading. It states "When a charged particle is placed within a magnetic field, despite the magnetic force acting on the particle, there will be no change in the ...
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Principle of capacitor

It is said that second conductor reduces the potential of fist conductor and hence increases charge taking ability of first conductor My confusion... As per my limited knowledge it is electric ...
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how could Kinetic energy increase if no energy was there in the system?

i was reading Physics-Halliday, Resnick, Krane(fifth edition) there on page 638 it is written: if the external agent does positive work in assembling the charge ...
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Charge Magnitude Based on Isoline Spacing

Suppose we have two positive charges of unknown magnitudes. We are given the isoline map (the equipotential lines) for the two-charge system. One has isolines more "squashed together" (more closely ...
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Reversibility of uniqueness theorem

If we use uniqueness theorem then we know that if the boundary conditions and the charge distribution is same in 2 setups in a certain region then the electric field and potential in that region in ...
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Conductors, charges and method of images; Intuition?

Two charges e and -e are placed at distances d and 3d, respectively, above an infinite conducting plane (directly above one another). Find the force on the charge e. To Solve this I consider another ...