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Lower limit value of electric force [closed]

What is the lower limit value to the electric force between two charges separated by a fixed distance?
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How to calculate Electric Field near a charged conducting surface without Gauss' law?

I have two problems : In every textbook I find the use of Gauss' law in calculation of Electric Field near a charged conducting surface. Can it be calculated without Gauss' law? Suppose while using ...
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In Gauss's law, why do we use an infinte long wire or long plane to calculate electric field intensity?

In the NCERT textbook of class 12, in the section on applications of Gauss's law, there are three applications. The first application is to calculate the electric field intensity around an infinitely ...
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Electric field due to a uniformly charged FINITE rectangular plate

I was teaching kids about how to find electric field using the superposition principle for continuous charge distributions, I thought may be I should derive the formula for electric field due to the ...
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Understanding Millikan's oil-drop experiment

This is quoted from A.P. French's Newtonian Mechanicsabout Millikan's oil-drop experiment: The droplets randomly produced in a mist of oil vapor are of various sizes. The ones that Millikan found ...
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How to find the distribution of charge on two spheres connected by a conducting wire?

A solid metal sphere of radius $R$ has charge $+2Q$. A hollow spherical shell of radius $3R$, concentric with the first sphere, has net charge $-Q$. What would be the final distribution of the charge ...
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Physical meaning of the separation constants in Laplace's Equation for Electrostatics

In Electrostatics, if we consider a region without charges the electrostatic potential $V$ obeys Laplace's Equation $\nabla^2 V = 0$. We can tackle this with separation of variables. In cartesian ...
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Force when distance between charge is zero

According to coulomb law $$ F = \frac{q_1q_2}{r^2} $$ I want to know what happens to force when $r=0$. If $F \to \infty$ then the charges can't be separated! But if an unlike charge of higher ...
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Change in radius of a charged bubble

I was thinking about what'd happen to the radius of a bubble, if a charge is uniformly distributed over it. At the beginning, I thought that the bubble would expand, for sure, because of the like-...
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Electric potential inside a conductor

I just began studying electrostatics in university, and I didn't understand completely why the electric potential due to a conducting sphere is $$ V(\vec{r})=\begin{cases} \dfrac{1}{4\pi\...
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Question regarding charge and acceleration

From a stationary charge electrostatic fields arise. From a moving charge, magnetostatic fields arise. From an accelerating charge, EM waves arise. So i wonder -- what about a non-constantly ...
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Physical interpretation of single layer potential in the plane

Let $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^2$ be a bounded domain with smooth boundary $\partial\Omega$. The single layer potential with charge density $f$ sitting on $\partial\Omega$ is defined by $u(z)=\...
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How did Feynman prove that energy cannot be extracted from electric field?

In the Feynman Lectures, vol. II, chapter 4, Feynman discusses electric potential and says: If we carry a charge from point $a \to b$, $$W = -\int_{a}^{b} \mathbf{F} \cdot ds.$$ Now, in general, ...
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Does one *feel* the electrostatic force while not resisting it?

Suppose that I put lots of big magnets around me, or say, that I charge myself up to a macroscopic charge. Now, suppose that there's a huge magnet in front of me (or a huge object with opposite charge)...
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Direction of electric field lines and electrostatic force

Direction of electric field and electrostatic force should be same by the equation $$\vec{F} = \frac{k q q_0}{r^2}$$ Electric Field $$\vec{E} = \frac{k q}{r^2}$$ Let us suppose that there is a ...
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Why does the medium affect the Coulomb's constant but not the gravitational constant?

Why does the medium affect the Coulomb's constant but not the gravitational constant? My friend said maybe the particles of the medium affect the electric field. But the net charge in the medium is 0 ...
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What is the electrostatic force between charges if they separated by a combination of dielectric media? [duplicate]

How does the combination of different medium affect the force? How do we calculate the equivalent dielectric constant? Say, two charges are separated by 100 cm, first 10 cm is a slab of dielectric ...
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The force on the northern hemisphere

I am reading Griffiths' Introduction to Electrodynamics. On page 364, example 8.2 (4th edition), he calculates the force on the northern hemisphere of a ball with total charge $Q$ spread uniformly. ...
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Induced electric field

Let's consider a thin cylinder of radius $r$ with a charge in is outer surface. It is made of an isolator. Let the magnetic field be parallel to its axis. If the magnetic field changed by $dB$ in time ...
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Checking for equilibrium in a square configuration of charges [closed]

Four equal positive charges each of magnitude q are placed at the respective vertices of a square of side length l. A point Q is placed at the centre of the square. Then find the state of equilibrium ...
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Displacement vector in parallel plate capactor

This ought to be simple, but I'm running into some questions... Let's say we have a parallel plate cap with some linear homogeneous dielectric media between the plates. The plates are distance $a$ ...
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Electric flux of a point charge in 2D

I am working in two dimensions and have a point charge in the $x$-$y$ plane at the origin. The charge is surrounded by a square walls, $-0.5<x<0.5$; $-0.5<y<0.5$, which are grounded. If I ...
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Computational physics using mathematica [closed]

So I was confused about this question on how to exactly begin to answer it. I am a novice in mathematica and I am teaching myself thus I require help in this question. From what I think I should do, ...
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Potential of a uniformly charged hollow sphere [closed]

If I use Gauss' theorem I find that, for $r\geq R$ $$V(r) = \frac{\sigma R^2}{\epsilon_0 r} = \frac{Q_{sphere}}{4\pi\epsilon_0r}$$ where $\sigma$ is the surface charge density and $R$ the radius of ...
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Charge present at the centroid of equilateral triangle

Three equal charges +Q each are placed on the vertices of an equilateral triangle. A charge +q is initially placed at the centre of the triangle. If this charge (+q) is slightly displaced towards a ...
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Obtaining electric field of an uniformly charged sphere surface without using gauss law [closed]

How can i obtain the electric field due to a uniformly charged sphere surface without using gauss law on a point outside the sphere, im stuck not knowing what infinitesimal surface i shall consider so ...
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Will the electrostatic force between two charges change if we place a metal plate between them?

If a thin metal plate is placed between two charges $+q$ and $+q$, will this cause a change in the electrostatic force acting on one charge due to another? What is the concept behind this? What will ...
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How does the magnetic field generated from a rectangular cross-sectional current-carrying conductor differ from a circular cross-sectional conductor?

I can find much information of cylindrical conductors (ie. regular wires), where $B=\frac{\mu_0 i}{2 \pi r}$ and $r$ represents the radius (or distance) from the centre of the conductor, however I ...
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Electrical breakdown due to a charge

Electrical breakdown occurs due to the fact that the magnitude of electric field of a charged object is above the electrical breakdown limit of the insulator that surrounds the charged object. ...
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Why can't electric potential be negative?

As a general concept, potential energy of a configuration is equal to the work done by an external force against an existing conservative force. It is this work done that gets stored in the body as ...
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Potential in uniform fields

First in a book I found that the electric field strength $\mathrm{E}$ of a uniform electric field from a charged plate is equal to $\frac{q}{2\times \epsilon_0 \times S}$ where $q$ is the charge of ...
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Why am I getting that work it's always the same in both directions?

I'm studying electrostatic and I'm getting pretty frustrated because with the definition of work I'm getting that it's always positive and it doesn't make any sense. So here I have 2 positive ...
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Could you give boundary conditions to the gravitational potential given the density distribution?

We´re doing a project that's all about solving differential equations with separation of variables. We´re trying to find the gravitational potential given the density distribution (that has azimuthal ...
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Why does the molar conductivity decrease with increasing charge density?

This is a question in a problem sheet I have been set. Is it do do with the following equation: $\Lambda=\Lambda_0-a\sqrt c$? Surely charge density is proportional to concentration so therefore molar ...
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Uniform Electric Field

I was going through the first chapter in Resnick Halliday related to electromagnetism and then I came across something called a uniform electric field. It was written that "If E is uniform (that is, ...
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Electrostatics and tv screens

My physics textbook states an activity- "Cut out thin strips of paper and lightly iron them. Take them near a TV screen or computer monitor. The strips get attracted to the screen and may cling to the ...
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Why does a field-effect transistor (FET) with wrap-around gate work at all?

In the recent years several publications have presented field-effect transistors (FETs) that are based on semiconductor nanowires with a gate electrode that is wrapped around the whole nanowire ...
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Electric Field At Centre Of Non Uniform Ring

In the above solved example why only the cos components have been taken for calculation of electric field at centre ? Why not the sine components ? BTW in case you say that the sine components cancel ...
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Why can we ignore self energy?

I have been doing some practice questions in a text book [Electricity and Magnetism by Purcell and Morin]. So I know that the energy the potential energy of a system is the total work required to ...
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Is the electron's magnetic dipole moment influenced by the measurement method?

The electric charge of an electron at rest is a constant value and is not influenced by the measurement instrument. The measurement instrument by itself can give more or less accurate result, but does ...
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Find out gradient of electric potential at ${\bf r}$ created by eletric dipole of moment ${\bf p}$ [closed]

Suposing an electric dipole of moment ${\bf p}$ located at the origin which creates an electric potential at ${\bf r}$ given by $$\psi(\textbf{r})=\frac{\textbf{p}\centerdot\textbf{r}}{4\pi\epsilon_0r^...
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Description of charged sphere with Heaviside function in cylindrical coordinates

I need to describe density of charge of uniformly charged sphere (radius R, total charge Q, position of centre (0,0,0)) with Dirac delta function and Heaviside step function. The hard part is to ...
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The Electric Quadrupole

I've read the following sentence: "Every electric circuit with two pairs of accessible terminals is called a quadrupole." I was wondering why does it happen that the multipole expansion gives us a ...
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Electric Dipole force exerted by a charged wire on a dipole

Why is force exerted by a charged wire on a dipole given as $F = P×(dE(r))/(dr)$ where P is the dipole moment? Please explain in simple words and avoid using too much technical derivations.I am a ...
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Does the electric force on a charged particle in a uniform electric field increase?

If I have a proton in a uniform field between two parallel oppositely charged plates and the proton accelerates, the electric force acting on it stays constant seeing it is a uniform field and as a ...
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Electric field in space created by intersection of spheres of charge [closed]

I am trying to calculate the electric field in space created by a body assembled by the intersection of 2 spheres. The upper sphere, its center is at $$\frac{d}{2}\mathbf{\hat{z}}$$ with radius $R$ ...
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How can a cable pass signal

I am currently study electrostatics. And I don't get how can electrons pass signals in a cable, can somebody explain this to me specifically?(I am only twelve years old) Thank you very much!
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Galerkin-type weak formulation for electrokinetics

I am currently working on finite element simulations about electrokinetics. My solver (getdp) accepts directly galerkin-type weak formulation of equations. I am thus trying to write my equations in ...
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Can we have negative Electrostatic potential

What does it mean to have a negative electric potential? not talking about potential difference or voltage.
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How to determine whether a statically charged object is positively or negatively charged?

for example, I rub a ballon on carpet. What is an experiment I can do to tell which object is net positive charged and which is negative?