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What is the meaning that electric charges flow from high to low potential till both acquire same potential?

I was reading about electric current and circuits. I read in my book that electric current is caused when charges flow from high potential to low potential till they both acquire same potential. So my ...
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Question regarding Van De Graff generator Belt

I have made a VDG generator with a rubber band as the belt and a glass roller. It doesnt seem to work because I think the rubber band may be conductive. I was thinking of using other materials for ...
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What are electromagnetic fields made of?

I am trying to understand electromagnetic fields so I have two question related to them. What is a electromagnetic field made of? Is it made of photons / virtual photons? How about a static electric ...
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$\mathbf{J}$ and $\mathbf{E}$ having the same direction [closed]

Ohm's Law States that $\mathbf{J} = σ\mathbf{E}$ this implies then that $\mathbf{J}$ and $\mathbf{E}$ have the same direction . But we know that $\mathbf{E}$ in normal to a conductor and $\mathbf{J}$ ...
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metal die charged, where do the charges go?

I'm puzzled by this question: I have a metal die (a regular cube, completely filled with homogeneous iron for instance); I charge it with some µCoulombs. Where do the charges go? Can the faces of the ...
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Saving energy while charging capacitor

While charging a capacitor by a DC source, half energy is wasted as heat. Can't we save that energy? Here I am talking about $$1/2CV^2 $$ which is wasted while supplying $$CV^2$$
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Finding Green function using eigenfunction expansion method

Given the Dirichlet boundary condition, I am to show that the functions that satisfy $$(\nabla ^2 + k_{lmn}^2) \psi_{lmn} (x,y,z) = 0$$ are given by $$\psi_{lmn} = (\frac{\pi}{2x})^{1/2} ...
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Calculating potential energy per ion of an one dimensional ionic crystal

The problem states to calculate "the potential energy, per ion, for an infinite 1D ionic crystal with separation $a$"; the crystal is a 1D lattice of alternating charges, likes so: ...
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Can the potential difference produced in Van De Graff generator used to generate electric current?

If this machine can build up high voltages of the order of millions of volts, can we use this voltage to generate a current of electrons? The building up of potential difference can result in an ...
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Electric field from conductive to dielectric media

I am interested in the main difference between transitions from electric fields from Conductive to Conductive/ Dielectric to Dielectric and Dielectric/Conductive media. What are the boundary ...
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Understanding of dipole moment and its vector property

I have a trouble understanding the electric dipole moment. The electric dipole moment formula is $${\bf p}= \int {\bf r}' \rho({\bf r}')d\tau '$$ I'm interested in the coordinate, the origin of which ...
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How can we verify the direction of electric displacement is radial?

I have two questions about electric displacement $D$. The following is a problem in Griffiths. A long straight wire, carrying uniform line charge $\lambda$, is surrounded by rubber ...
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A question when using $E= - \nabla V$

This problem is from Problems and Solutions on Electromagnetism. A thin but very massive disc of insulator has surface charge density $\sigma$ and radius $R$. A point charge $+Q$ is on the axis of ...
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Definition of Charge [duplicate]

Please give me a definition of charge. A textbook I have defines it to be - "A fundamental property of matter, which determines whether the matter will receive an electric flow or liberate one" I ...
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A question in electrostatics

The following is from Problems and Solutions on Electromagnetism. The electrostatic potential at a point $P$ due to an idealized dipole layer of moment per unit area $\pmb {\tau}$ on surface ...
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Why is there no electric potential energy when it is directly above an electric dipole?

If you have two opposite charges of equal magnitude, why is the potential energy of another random particle that is directly above or below the middle distance between the two charges have 0 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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Charge inside a charged spherical shell

If I were to put a negative charge inside a negatively charged spherical shell, will it move to the center? Electric field inside the shell due to the shell is zero (Gauss's Law), would that mean ...
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How do two metal balls of radius $r$ kept at a large distance form a capacitor? [closed]

So this is something really new to me. I have learnt of plate capacitors, cylindrical capacitors, single spherical capacitors, etc. but that to, of finite distance between them. Also please explain if ...
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Why are pressure/potential differences across a barrier measured from inside to outside?

I don't know if I'm asking clearly, but I'm a Medical Student who is trying to intuitively understand pressure differences and electrochemical gradient (across a semipermeable membrane) differences. ...
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Same equation, different meanings

I went into a physics classroom today and saw this equation written on the board: $$ E = \frac \sigma \epsilon $$ At first I thought it referred to the electric field $ E $ between 2 parallel plates ...
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electrostatics and magnetism

Let a square loop be placed in a uniform electric field in a position of stable equilibrium. Then, because of the electric field, if the electric field is in the rightward direction then a positive ...
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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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Series expansion of potential due to a dipole displaced from the origin

I learn that we can expand the electric potential in an infinite series of $\rho$ and $\cos(n \phi)$ when solving the Laplace equation in polar coordinates. The problem I want to consider is the ...
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Where to place a charge to establish net force of 0? [closed]

A charge, Q2 = -15.00x10^-6 C, is 10.00 cm to the right of charge Q1 = 18.00x10^-6 C. Where can a third charge be placed, along the line connecting Q1 and Q2, such that it experiences no net force ...
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Why can't charge be in a stable equilibrium in electrostatic field?

I am reading Feynman's Lectures volume_II where he discussed the impossibility of the presence of stable equilibrium in an electrostatic field. There are no points of stable equilibrium in any ...
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distribution of electric charges

In electricity courses, in the lesson on static fields, at some point all teachers say "let's consider a large rectangular metal plate where the density of charges is uniform", and then they proceed ...
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Does charge of a metal charged by induction determine by which ends of the metal is grounded to?

Does charge of a metal charged by induction determine by which part of the metal is ground to? I draw a diagram to make it simple to understand: Right diagram: When ground is touched with the ...
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The image current due to moving charges and a current carrying thin wire

Suppose we have a plane conductor and positive charged particles of mass m are moving parallel to the plane conductor at a distance d. The trajectory can be assumed to be straight. An image current ...
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Boundary conditions in Electrostatics

If I have a grounded conducting material, then I know that $\phi=0$ inside this material, no matter what the electric configuration in the surrounding will be. Now I have a conducting material that ...
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Electric field in space created by intersection of spheres of charge

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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What is Gauss's Law in two dimensions?

I am trying to figure out how the equation for the field if a Gaussian surface was applied to a 2D plane. I did see another question already asked on the subject, but I didn't get a particular ...
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Difference between $E$ field configuration, sheet of charge: infinite sheet of charge, conducting vs. non-conducting

This is a very easy question, but I often confused myself. Perhaps someone could explain this concept again: A non-conducting infinite sheet of charge has the electric field configuration ...
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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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Conductors connected with a wire

Let's say I have two spherical conductors with different radii and different amount of positive charge on them. The spheres are far enough from each other. I connect them with a conducting wire. I'm ...
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Force due to combination of free space and dielectric

I will make a generalized form of my question. There are two point charges $q$, $x$ distance apart. And there is a dielectric slab of thickness $t$ and of dielectric constant $K$. Should the force ...
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Electric Field at a point some distance above a uniformly charged cylinder

In this problem I am trying to solve, I am trying to find the electric field at a point directly above a uniformly charged cylinder. The cylinder is oriented so that the two round face are parallel ...
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Why is the susceptibility $\chi(t)$ real?

So my question is quite simple I suppose, and perhaps trivial. It is known that the frequency domain susceptbility $\chi(\omega)$ is complex, and that the two parts can be related with the ...
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Relation between dipole moment and polarisaton

In the Landau's book "Electrodynamics of Continuous Media" he derives the relation between the polarisation $\vec P$ and the dipole moment $\vec p$. Starting with the definition of the dipole moment: ...
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How and why do electric fields occur when we put a voltage difference between two point?

When we put a voltage differences between two points on a certain sample, I would like to know how and why the electric field occurs. In addition, I would like to know in what shape does the electric ...
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Help understanding the solution to a problem regarding kinetic energy of a group of point charges

The problem provided by my professor goes as follows: "Now consider a situation in which all charges are equal to q and they simultaneously become "unglued". What speed will each charge have when a ...
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Earnshaw's Theorem and Plum Pudding

I'm trying to understand what Thompson's motivation for his Plum-pudding model was. He chose the nucleus to be a sphere of uniform charge because it was mathematically nice, and chose the charge to be ...
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electric field inside a conducting body [closed]

From Gauss' Law, we know that the electric field inside a solid conducting sphere varies linearly with the distance from the centre. But we also know that electric field inside a conductor is zero. ...
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Question about using Gauss' Law with a surface at infinity

While doing homework, I came across a situation where I tried to make this argument: For a finite distribution of charges, I know that the electric field drops off to zero at infinity. So therefore, ...
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What does the tangent line to a general curved electric field line denote?

Just want to see the tangent line which indicates the line of electric force. What is tangent line?
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Where is the flaw in deriving Gauss's law in its differential form?

From the divergence theorem for any vector field E, $\displaystyle\oint E\cdot da=\int (\nabla\cdot E) ~d\tau$ and from Gauss's law $\displaystyle\oint E\cdot ...
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Electrostatics problems

In image method we use image charge to calculate field and potential at any point and we replace induced charge by image charge.But why dont we directly calculate field and potential for induced ...
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electric field's area [closed]

How much area an electric field surrounds? since we're just able to draw the electric lines of force we sometimes think that the field is though 3d but surrounds a finite area.But is it measurable or ...
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Does Gauss's law not hold when there are charges outside of the Gaussian surface?

For example, if I have a gaussian surface and a negative charge somewhere outside that gaussian surface, there's going to be a non-zero electric flux. However, According to gauss's law, electric ...
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Capacitance of spherical capacitor when earthed

The capacitance of a spherical capacitor is given by $$C=\frac{4\pi \varepsilon_{0}}{\left ( \frac{1}{a}-\frac{1}{b} \right )}$$ How can I find out the capacitance of the capacitor when The ...