Electrostatics is concerned with the field and potential of stationary electrical charges and electric charge distributions. Problems are this type are almost exclusively concerned with mathematics of geometries using the inverse-square law.

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Net flux calculation through a cube [closed]

Ans: Applying Gauss’s law the net flux can be calculated. And for option (B), I guess the flux will be 0. But not sure. Can anyone explain all the 3 options? For left and rignt face, EA = ...
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Understanding unit vectors

Trying to understand how the unit vector ${\mathcal{\hat{r}}}$ defined as $\frac{r' - r}{|r' - r|} $ (where $r'$ is the source point) works in this problem: Work out the electric field, $E$, at point ...
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Electrostatic energy integral for point charges

The electric energy stored in a system of two point charges $Q_1$ and $Q_2$ is simply $$W = \frac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0}\frac{Q_1Q_2}{a}$$ where $a$ is the distance between them. However, the total ...
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Experimental relationship between linear dependence and superposition

From Griffith's Introduction to Electrodynamics The principle of superposition may seem obvious to you, but it did not have to be so simple: if the electromagnetic force were proportional to the ...
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Electric field of an infinitely long (thin) metal cylinder [closed]

An infinitely long thin metal cylinder of radius $a$ coaxial with the $z$ axis carries a uniform surface charge density $\sigma=\frac{\lambda}{2\pi a}$, where $\lambda$ is a constant. A thick ...
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Does proton make neutron charged by the process of induction/friction/conduction?

If two bodies undergo friction, the one of the bodies which has electrons less tightly bound than the other loses them. Here the protons do also have charged quarks which they could exchange with ...
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Moving the plates of a charged capacitor to calculate energy density - where's the flaw in my argument?

For a charged air-dielectric capacitor, let the plates be parallel to the $xy$ plane, with the top carrying a positive charge $+Q$, the bottom a charge $-Q$. The force on an infinitesimal charge ...
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mathematical model of one electrostatic problem

I am trying to find direct-current electric field in a specific domain: it is a brick made from a low-conductive material with a number of more conductive inclusions of different shapes - spheres, ...
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Do inner shell electrons feel the electric field/force from an outer shell electron in an atom?

We just finished studying Gauss’ law and were puzzled by this thought. If I look at a copper atom and focus on the 29th electron in the 4th shell, according to Gauss’ law, I can draw a Gaussian ...
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Gauss's / Divergence theorem in Classical electrodynamics for the Electric field [duplicate]

Can somebody explain the proof of Gauss's theorem / divergence theorem taking the vector as electric field $$\iiint(\nabla\cdot\vec E)\mbox{ d} V=\iint \vec E \cdot\hat{n} \mbox{ d} ...
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Gauss's (Divergence) theorem in Classical Electrodynamics

How does divergence theorem holds good for electric field. How does this hold true- $$\iiint\limits_{\mathcal{V}} (\vec{\nabla}\cdot\vec{E})\ \mbox{d}V=\mathop{{\int\!\!\!\!\!\int}\mkern-21mu ...
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Physical interpretation of $\iiint (∇\cdot\vec E)\mbox{d} V$ [duplicate]

Can anybody explain the physical interpretation of Gauss's law $$\iiint (\nabla\cdot \vec E)~\mbox{d}V~=~\frac{Q}{\epsilon_0}? $$ Also, how is the differential form of Gauss's law obtained from ...
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Flux through side of a cube

I am looking at Griffiths introduction to Electrodynamics 3rd ED. Problem 2.10 asks for the flux of $E$ through the right face of the cube, when a charge $q$ is in the back left corner of the cube. ...
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Where to place my second image charge? (Spherical ungrounded conductor)

I am trying to find the potential $V$ inside a sphere using the method of image charges. I have a conducting spherical shell. The charge $q$ is inside the sphere. The sphere is ungrounded and is an ...
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Why potential energy of a dipole in an electric field has a negative sign?

In the following equation $$V = -\mathbf{P}\cdot \mathbf{E}$$ why I have to take Potential Energy as negative. Is there any simple reason behind this ? I am preparing for my high school ...
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Volume charge density of H-atom

I have a problem where I am supposed to calculate the volume charge density of a neutral hydrogen atom. The potential is given to be $$ \Phi = k \frac{e^{-ar}}{r} \left(1 + \frac{ar}{2}\right) $$ Now ...
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Cylindrical charge distribution [closed]

I'll just list the problem first and then explain what I need help with. Consider a cylindrical charge distribution extending from $r = 0$ to $r = 8.2 $cm of charge density $\rho = r/a_0$, where ...
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What does it mean for a $2$ dimensional object to be charged with a charge distribution which is $1$ dimensional $\lambda$?

I saw an example, in a tutorial of my Physics $2$ course that there was a hollow cylinder (which is $2$ dimensional) charged with uniform charge distribution $\lambda>0$ per unit length. What does ...
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Does the electric field change only inside the dielectric, or even after exiting the dielectric?

I know that the field inside a dielectric is changed and is $\epsilon$ times less the original field (some books use $K$ for this constant). This is because the induced field inside the dielectric is ...
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Charge and conducting thick slab

I have thought over this problem but I haven't found the solution: There is an electric charge $q$ at a distance $d$ from a conducting slab with thickness $t$, the problem is to find the potential ...
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(Exercise review) Find the moment of the electric dipole

I have solved an exercise, but the result I have obtined is wrong and I can't understand why. If you can help me, I'll be so grateful. Let's consider a charged cylinder, its radius is equal to R and ...
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A question from a Physics 2 exam: About electron cloud an a constant external field:

I am trying to prepare for my exam in Physics $2$, the following is a question from an old exam (the question also have a detailed answer to it, but I don't really understand it). An acceptable ...
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Point charge in a five-dielectric medium [closed]

What is the electrostatic potential due to a point charge in a five-dielectric medium with planar interfaces? Specifically, consider a system with planar interfaces, and the dielectric constants: $$ ...
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How did Jackson get the exact solution to potential in polar coordinates

On page 45 of Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics (3ed), He solved a polar potential problem with known source distribution. $$ \frac{1}{\rho}\frac{\partial}{\partial \rho}\left( \rho\frac{\partial ...
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Electric field. Linear charge density [closed]

I was wondering if anyone could help me out in this exercise I've been struggling to solve. A straight, nonconducting plastic wire $ 8.50 cm $ long carries a charge density of 175 $ nC/m$ ...
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Electron inside a conducting shell

Suppose I keep a single electron inside a hollow metallic/conducting shell,what will the charge distribution on the surfaces of the shell? Now in principle from Maxwell's equations,it simply should ...
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Where can I find a database for dielectric constants in the visible range?

I am looking for a database of dielectric constants in the visible range and I could not find them by Googling, so I was wondering whether anybody here knows where I can find those parameters for some ...
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Can someone give an intuitive way of understanding why Gauss's law holds?

Gauss' Law of electrostatics is an amazing law. It is extremely useful (as far as problems framed for it are concerned :D. I do not have a real world-problem solving experience of using Gauss' Law). ...
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Using the image charges method to find the electric field

The following is a question from a tutorial in my Physics 2 course about conductors and the Method of image charges. We are given two infinite perpendicular and grounded plains. The first ...
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Electric field outside a hollow cylindrical conducting shell [closed]

Imagine that a point charge $+Q$ is located at radius $R$ and height $z=0$ inside of an infinitely long conducting cylinder shell of inner radius $a>R$ and outer radius $b$. From what we know of ...
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Difference between parallel and series capacitors

Basically, I can't figure out that whether a capacitor is connected in series or parallel. The same problem occurs while solving for resistors. Can someone help me understand this difference ...
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Consistency of equation with special relativity?

The following is the equation which, I want to know, if it is valid in relativistic domain. Consider two equal charges moving in same direction with velocity $v$ and charge $q$ at a separation of ...
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Why does 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 $3$ pg $92$, and the book discusses conductors. The following is from the book: ...
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About electrostatic induction

when we approach a charged rod (+) to a neutral metal rod ( not touching) a number of electrons to that side ( lets call it side B) negating the effect of the introduced electric field, reaching ...
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Equation for the equipotential lines? [closed]

What is the equation for the equipotential lines in $x$-$y$ plane for a dipole oriented along the $x$ axis?
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Why is there a factor of $4\pi$ in certain force equations?

I mean to ask why there is $4\pi$ present in force equations governing electricity? Though all objects in universe are not spherical and circular, the constant of proportionality in both equations ...
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What is the relationship between strain and electric current?

Strain or stress can be caused by different sources. I categorized theses sources as mechanical, thermal and electrical loads and formulated the total stress as follows: $$ \epsilon_{total} = ...
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Do we need infinite energy to make 2 similar charges touch only in theory?

By Coulomb's law, say if we have 2 point particles each having a charge of +1C then by the formula, F = k/(d)^2 if we need to make the distance between them zero, clearly y the formula, we need to ...
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Electric potential due to circular disk

Relevant diagram is available here. The circular disk of radius $a$ lies in the $xy$ plane and carries surface charge density of $\sigma (s, \phi) = s^{2}cos\phi $, where $(s,\phi)$ are in ...
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Generalized Coulomb's Law

This question is about the generalization of Coulomb's law to continuous bodies of charge. The basic statement of Coulomb's Law involves two discrete charges $q_1$ an $q_2$: $$\vec{F}_i = \frac{1}{4 ...
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Why is Energy = Voltage x Charge, and how to prove that?

As you know the equation $\mathbf{E=V\times Q}$. Where: $\mathbf E$ is the energy measured in joules, $\mathbf V$ is potential difference (Voltage), $\mathbf Q$ is the charge. So my qustion is: ...
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Calculating the field of an infinite flat sheet of charge using the superposition principle

I am trying to calculate the field of an infinite flat sheet of charge (a plain with uniform charge density $\sigma$) using the superposition principle. I know that the field of an infinite line ...
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Potential of arbitrary charge distribution

Imagine this: You have a sphere of air where you have no charge and around this sphere you have a charge distribution $\rho(r,\theta,\phi)$. (For instance, this could be ...
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Electric field in a capacitor with a dielectric with variable permittivity

Consider the following parallel-plate capacitor, with a potential difference of $V$ across it's plates: I've seen some problems that assume a dielectric with a variable electric permittivity of ...
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Why do we say that in Coulomb's law the force is proportional to $\frac{1}{r^{2}}$ and not $\frac{1}{r^{3}}$?

I am going over Coulomb's law and there is something that is a bit confusing for me: According to Coulomb's law, if I have a charge $q_{1}$ at a point $\vec{r_{1}}$ and a charge $q_{2}$ at a point ...
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Why is the radial direction the preferred one in spherical symmetry?

I am learning about electricity and magnetism by watching MIT video lectures. In the lecture about Gauss's law, while trying to calculate the flux through a sphere with charge in it, the lecturer ...
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Dielectric slab counter-intuitive formula?

For the calculation of force on one of the two equal(in magnitude, opposite in sign) point charges separated by $r$ with a dielectric slab of dielectric constant $K$ and width $d$ in between, the ...
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Doesn't charging by induction violate Law of Conservation of Energy

Charging by induction seems very unintuitive to me. Let me explain: Consider a positively charged rod and a neutrally charged conductor. You can charge it by induction by earthing it and not lose ...
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Nature of charge on conductive surfaces

In our introductory physics class, we were being taught about charge density ($\sigma$). Our teacher told us that a spherical conductor has a uniform charge density while conductors like a cuboidal ...
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Can spheres leaking charge be assumed to be in equilibrium?

I am struggling with the following problem (Irodov 3.3): Two small equally charged spheres, each of mass $m$, are suspended from the same point by silk threads of length $l$. The distance between ...