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How does electrostatic force affect electronic devices?

How does electrostatic force generated by two seperate plates having opposite charges affect electronic devices? I know that magnetic fields have some harmful effects to electronic devices but I am ...
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Insulating cylinder with charge in a uniform electric field

Suppose that we have a very long insulating cylinder of radius $R$ on which we have placed some electrons such that it has a constant $\sigma_0$ charge per unit length. Assume that we then apply a ...
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Two charged spheres connected with a conductor

I have a problem with a electrostatics problem: there are two spheres, each one of the same size carrying the same amount of charge, but of different sign. They are connected by a conducting wire, ...
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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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Electric field inside two parallel lines of charge

At what force will a particle be subjected to inside two parallel line charges with the same length and charge density. I get that in the middle the forces will cancel, but will they cancel if the ...
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How to calculate the work of the electrostatic forces in a parallel-plate capacitor?

The expression of the energy stored in a parallel-plate capacitor is: $$U = \frac{e_0\cdot A \cdot V^2}{2d}$$ with $e_0$ the vacuum permittivity, $A$ the surface of the capacitor, $V$ the applied ...
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Potential at the surface of a conducting sphere near a dipole

An ideal conducting solid sphere of radius $R$ and center $O$ is brought near a dipole with a dipole moment of magnitude $p$. Let the center of the dipole be called point $C$, and let the tangent from ...
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What is the method to find field at the center of a conducting shell due to induced charges due to an outside charge? [closed]

For example, if we had to find the field at Q1 due to the induced charges on the outside spherical surface ,what should be our approach? According to me, as the induced charges due to q2 on the ...
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What does the Dirac delta function physically do while deriving Gauss Law form Coulomb's law?

While doing this derivation, the the source coordinates are mentioned as "$s$" and the coordinate of the point at which field is to be calculated is mentioned as "$r$". Kindly follow this Wikipedia ...
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Basic concepts of electrostatics

How to deal with a grounded conducting sphere (I.e finding charge on it) in uniform electric field ? And if any two charged conducting spheres are in each other's electric field then will ones field ...
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Current in discharging capacitor through fixed resistor?

In the textbook I'm using for physics it says that the charge left on the plates of a capacitor after time $t$, that is discharging through a fixed resistor, is $Q=Q_0e^{-t/\tau}$ where $\tau=RC$ is ...
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How to show mathematically that the electric field inside a conductor is zero?

The electric field is characterized by the equations $$\nabla\cdot \mathbf{E} = \dfrac{\rho}{\epsilon_0}$$ $$\nabla \times \mathbf{E} = 0$$ Or equivalently, $\nabla^2 V = -\rho/\epsilon_0$ and then ...
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Dielectric sphere placed in another dielectric medium with uniform external field: 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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Electrostatics-Coulomb's Law

Coulomb's Law is an experimental result. The furmula that Coulomb found to describe electrostatic interactions is: $$F=k_e\frac{q_1 q_2}{d^2}.$$ How did or What did Coulomb do to verify this law as ...
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What is meant by short circuit in capacitor?

I can't understand the mechanism of short circuiting in a capacitor. How will it come to know me that the capacitors are short circuited
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How did physicists know that only negative charges move?

I have phrased similarly another question about how physicists knew that two charges exist, positive and negative. The purpose of the question is not necessarily to educate me historically. It's just ...
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On touching the negative terminal of battery, shouldn't this negative charge flow to earth?

On batteries one terminal is clearly mentioned as negative. I wonder can we neutralize this terminal by just touching it with finger? In electrostatics it is common to neutralize a charged object by ...
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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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Spherical Conducting Shells, Potential

When we have a spherical conducting shell and charge on outer surface of the shell then the potential inside remains constant i.e, kQ/R (R=radius). But say the inner surface of the shell is charged ...
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Static electricity and insulators

I've read that Stephen Gray in his experiments on electricity, he has found that static electricity can be conducted -transferred- through an insulator thread made of silk. So, how could that happen ...
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Is the electric force a vector or a vector field?

The electric force (Coulomb's law) on a point charge $Q_2$ due to $Q_2$: \begin{gather*} \mathbf{F}_{12}=\frac{Q_1Q_2}{4\pi\epsilon_0}\frac{\mathbf{r}_2-\mathbf{r}_1}{|\mathbf{r}_2-\mathbf{r}_1|^3} \...
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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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Photon as a gauge boson for static fields

Excuse me if my question is naive, but I have never taken a proper QFT. I used to think of a photon as a quantum of EM field, quantum of light. But form QFT and particle physics prospective, photon ...
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What exactly is electric dipole moment & how it works?? and Why Electric Dipole Moment vector's direction is from negative charge to positive charge?

What exactly is electric dipole moment & how it works/used? (don't go into deep mathematical calculations) Please answer the question about the direction with good details. Don't just say that it'...
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Mistake calculating electrostatic potential energy formula!

I have a problem calculating the electrostatic potential energy. I rely on these equations coming from mechanics: \begin{equation} U_{B}-U_{A} = -W_{A \ \rightarrow \ B} (done\ by \ the \ field \ ...
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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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Is potential difference the difference in electric potential energy or electric potential?

Referencing the book Physics for Scientist and Engineers, Ninth Edition, the book says that "Potential Difference should not be confused with Difference in Potential Energy." I also reviewed several ...
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Charge distribution on a Gaussian surface

In the text, it is said that the skewed distribution of positive charge on the inner wall cannot produce an eletric field in the shell to affect the distribution of charge on the outer wall. Why? ...
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How does a conductor shield the outside from its inside

If I have a charge of $+q$ placed arbitrarily within the spherical conducting shell, by Gauss' law, the E field produced will be created outside the shell, as if the charge were placed at the center. ...
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Electric field in a hollow object

I am currently visiting a course about electrodynamics. In my last lecture it was said that if a hollow sphere is inside of a bigger sphere, but only in the bigger sphere there are spherically ...
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Why does there have to be an electric field if there is potential difference?

I read in a few books that there is always an electric field if there is an electric potential. I went through this but the question on this page only states that there is an electric field and it is ...
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How did physicists know that there are two kind of charges?

Problems The question I am about to make is either too stupid or hasn't bothered anyone because its obvious because I can't really find the answer anywhere. I am currently studying electricity and ...
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Symmetries of non-parallel infinite conducting planes

Suppose I have semi-infinite conducting planes that intersect at some angle $\theta_0$ and have a potential difference of $V$ (the axis of intersection is somehow insulated so they are not actually in ...
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Find the electric field of a uniformly polarized sphere

The problem statement, all variables and given/known data We want to calculate the field of a uniformly polarized sphere of radius=R Relevant equations $$V(\vec{r}) = \frac{1}{4 \pi\epsilon_{0}} \...
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A problem in Fourier transformation of Coulomb potential

Firstly, we calculate the Fourier transformation of $1/|\mathbf{k}|^{2}$ as follows, \begin{eqnarray*} \int\frac{d^{3}k}{(2\pi)^{3}}\frac{1}{|\mathbf{k}|^{2}}e^{i\mathbf{k}\cdot\mathbf{x}} & = &...
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Measurement of electrostatic induction

How is it with the electrostatic induction measurement? Everywhere you can read about the effect of electrostatic induction but I still can't found any detailed explanations or quantitative ...
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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 \begin{...
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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 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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How to compute work needed to build a configuration of charges

Suppose an alignment of four charges in the vertices of a square. The first pair on one diagonal has positive charge and the other negative charge, all charges are of the same absolute value. length ...
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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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Issue with running a Van De Graaff generator

I am following this online video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsT69XnjxgU but my Van De Graaff generator is not working. I am using pvc pipes for the body, nylon and electrical tape as two rollers, ...
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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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Magnetizing a ferromagnetic material.

if i pass a DC current directly through iron or steel or something ferromagnetic, Would that magnetize that material? And would it be magnetized permanently? Another question, does anyone know what ...
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Electric field dependence on distance

How can it be proved that for a point charge, $E$ is proportional to $$1/r^2$$ using the concept of Electric field lines (or lines of force)? I tried to show that if field lines are close, then ...
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Discharging a capacitor

Suppose I have a charged capacitor, meaning there's a voltage (electric potential difference), say, $2V$, between its two plates. We don't know the electirc potential of the individual plates, right? ...
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Electric field intensity in a dielectric inside a capacitor

In the question A parallel plate capacitor is charged from a cell and then isolated from it. A dielectric slab of dielectric constant $K$ is now introduced in the left half region between the ...
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Quadrupole moment of point charges?

We know that due to expansion, the Quadrupole potential equals $$1/4\pi \epsilon r^3 . \int (r^\prime)^2(\frac32. \cos^2\theta^\prime-\frac12)\rho(r^\prime)d\tau$$ but what is the equation for point ...
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Name of electric force

during a lab experiment, i noticed that a metal ball has a much harder time rolling on metal rails when their is a current passing through it and the rails. I was wondering why and if there was a name ...
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Electric field of a line charge, along itself

look at the pic : What is the electric field in along the line of charge with charge density $\lambda$ and length $L$. Is the electric field zero along the line without any difference in height?