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How do electrons distribute themselves along a wire attached to one pole of a battery?

Let's assume we have an electrochemical cell, like an AA battery. We attach a long straight wire to the negative terminus of the battery, the other end of the wire extends right away from the battery ...
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Electric Potential Between Two Like Charges

At the point horizontally across and equidistant from the centers of the two charges (also oriented horizontally), what is the electric potential? At that point, the electric field of the first charge ...
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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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Do permanent magnets have an electric current surrounding them?

Permanent magnets seems to have different properties to electromagnets, such that electromagnets can be used for induction and energy transfer if a conductor is placed within their changing magnetic ...
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Measuring Charge Density

I am running tests with metal electrodes and I am trying to find a value for charge density which I can use in calculations. If I have two vertical electrodes across which I am applying a voltage, how ...
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Zero of Electric Potential Energy

When you have a positive charge and a negative charge, the line that cuts perpendicularly between their separation distance is an equipotential line of 0 volts. The math indicates that at that point, ...
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Two capacitor plates with equal positive charges $q$

I read in a book that if both the plates of a parallel plate capacitor are given equal positive charges $q$, then the charges on the facing surfaces will be zero and the charge on the outer surfaces ...
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Interpretation of a term in the Maxwell stress tensor

With no magnetism, the $xx$ component of the Maxwell stress tensor $T$ is $$T_{xx} = \frac{1}{2}(E_x^2 - E_y^2 - E_z^2)$$ I can see why there should be a $+E_x^2$ term, but intuitively I don't see why ...
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Electic potential due to finite rectangular plate

I am trying to find the potential at any point (x,y,z) due to a rectangular plate with a constant surface charge density. Let's assume the plate is centered on the X-Y plane and extends from -n to n ...
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How do I get the angle for the $x$ and $y$ component of the electric field for four equidistant particles?

Four particles form a square of edge length $a= 5.00\ cm$ and have charges $q_1= +10\ nC$, $q_2=-20\ nC$, $q_3=20\ nC$, and $q_4=-10\ nC$. In unit vector notation, what is the net electric field the ...
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Apply Gauss' law to find electric field around nonconducting plastic sheets

The question: Two very large, nonconducting plastic sheets, each 10.0 cm thick, carry uniform charge densities $\sigma_1$,$\sigma_2$,$\sigma_3$ and $\sigma_4$ on their surfaces, as shown in the ...
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Coulomb's law with an $r^3$, not $r^2$, in the denominator [duplicate]

I am reading an older physics book that my professor gave me. It is going over Coulomb's law and Gauss' theorem. However, the book gives both equations with an $r^3$, not $r^2$, in the denominator. ...
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How to calculate the potential energy of an $H_2$ molecule

From left to right, electron $e_1$, $e_2$ and proton $p_1$, $p_2$. $r_0=0.529nm$ The total energy is sum of energy require to bring each particle to its place. Take the place of $e_1$ is zero ...
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Does voltage depends on the charge present in an element?

Does the voltage depend on the charge present in a battery ? I know in capacitors q=cv. Hence charge present is proportional to voltage. Is it the same in the case of batteries?
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Principle of superposition and QED

For finding a net force on a charge when it is in influence of many charges we simply do vectorical addition of all individual interaction of that charge with others. That's what is principle of ...
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Is the Coulomb's law the earliest formal equation of electricity? [migrated]

Is the Coulomb's law the earliest formal equation of electricity? Before Coulomb, many scientists and engineers conducted experiments of electricity.
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Two different electrostatic charges in rotation

It's a theoretical problem. I mean I drawn a circle and I consider this circle exist. I would like to understand how works this device composed of a circle and two charges: Two charges fixed on a ...
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Gauss's law in a uniform charge distribution extending infinitely in all directions

Let us assume the universe filled with positive charge. About a particular point, all the positive charged particles will be symmetrical. Now consider a sphere of radius $r < \infty$ and apply ...
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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 are excess charges in a conductor at the surface?

I’ve been told that coulomb repulsion pushes excess electrons to the surface of a conductor (i.e. sphere) electrostatic equilibrium, and this symmetry causes the net electric field inside to be zero. ...
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Resistance of hollow metal sphere

A hollow metallic sphere has inner and outer radii $a$ and $b$ respectively. How to calculate its resistance between two a points $A$ (on the inner surface) and a point $B$ (on the outer surface)? ...
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How can I find the potential created by spherical capacitor with dielectric material?

If we have a spherical capacitor with inner radius or r1 and outer radius of r2, with charges (+/-)q on them and there is a dielectric material (with constant e) in between them with. What kind of a ...
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How can one explain the Kelvin Water drop experiment without assuming the container to already possess a positive charge?

Kelvin Water Dropper experiment refers to the electrostatic generator invented by Lord Kelvin, which uses falling water to generate a voltage by electrostatic induction occurring between ...
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Is the electric field at a single point inside a charged sphere zero?

Many physics textbooks say, Gauss' law shows that the electric field inside a sphere with uniform charge distribution on the surface equals zero. What I want to know is, do they mean total, ...
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Force Acting on a Charge Between Parallel Plates

When a charge (say positive) is placed between an upper positively charged plate and a negatively charged plate, it should experience a repulsive force from the top plate and an attractive force to ...
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Electric force between charges in two different media

As far as I know, Coulomb's law of electrostatic force is applicable on two different charges situated in same medium. But if two individual charges are in different media (say one charge on a iron ...
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Numerically solving 2D poisson equation by FFT, proper units

The 2D Poisson equation is: (1)$$\frac{d^2\varphi(x,y)}{dx^2}+\frac{d^2\varphi(x,y)}{dy^2}=-\frac{\varrho(x,y)}{\epsilon_0\epsilon}$$ And in $k$-space it is in form of: (2)$$(k_x^2+k_y^2) ...
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Work done by battery and potential energy of a capacitor

I have a doubt about the work done by a battery and the potential energy of a capacitor? 1- Consider a circuit where the capacitors are connected to the terminals of a battery. Through calculations ...
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Why does hair stand up when standing under power lines?

My initial guess would be the immense electric field around the lines, that causes hair to get charged and due to each hair having the same charge they start to repel each other. So what is exactly ...
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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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Finding Magnitude and Direction of Dipole's Electric Field at a Point

This question pertains to finding the magnitude and direction of a dipole's electric field. Specifically, I am trying to figure out why we are using both the hypotenuse and $\sin\theta$, and not the ...
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Why, when and where is Gauss's law applicable?

Why is it said that Gauss's Law is mainly applicable for symmetric surfaces/bodies? Why not for asymmetric surfaces? I want a logical explanation! BTW my teacher said that Gauss's law is ...
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What is the electric field in a parallel plate capacitor?

When we find the electric field between the plates of a parallel plate capacitor we assume that the electric field from both plates is $${\bf E}=\frac{\sigma}{2\epsilon_0}\hat{n.}$$ The factor of two ...
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Grounding a capacitor

When one of the plates of an isolated capacitor is grounded, does the charge become zero on that plate or just the charge on the outer surface become zero?
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Does the electric field inside a circuit cause a potential drop with distance?

We know that when the system reaches steady-state(current does not change with time),the electric filed inside the circuit is constant. In many textbooks and lectures,professors make a graph like this ...
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Earnshaw Theorem for ionic solids

Is a single molecule of sodium chloride (say) or a cluster of molecules of NaCl unstable, although macroscopically NaCl is in fact, stable? How can I reason this based on Earnshaw's theorem?
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Does a point charge exert force on itself?

Can a point charge feel the force of its own electric field? In various texts it is always mentioned about the force on a point charge in an external electric field. I think the particle does feel ...
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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 order of millions of volts, can we use this volt the generate current of electrons? The building up of potential difference can result in electric field. ...
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is there any element or material that ionized when pressure is applied to it?

I want to know if there is any material, that produce free electrons and ions when it undergoes to high pressure.
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From where do charges come to equify the potential of the sphere having less potential- through the wire or the sphere having higher potential?

Say, you have two different charged spheres having different potentials on their surface. Now you connect two of them by a wire. So, after sometimes, both of them will have the same potential on their ...
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Electric field of a massive sphere with two cavities with point charges inside them

a short question regarding electrostatics from Griffiths: Given a massive, conducting, uncharged sphere of radius $R$ with two spherical cavities with radii $a$ and $b$, and two point charges $q_a$ ...
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A point charge near a conducting sphere

I was reading about method of images for a point charge near a conducting sphere. There(Feynman Lectures) I found this: What happens if we are interested in a sphere that is not at zero ...
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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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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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In electrostatics, why the electric field inside a conductor is zero?

In electromagnetism books, such as Griffiths or the like, when they talk about the properties of conductors in case of electrostatics they say that the electric field inside a conductor is zero. I ...
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Why does the charge on the outer surface cancel the external field inside a conductor having a cavity filled with certain charge?

Let us take an arbitrary conductor having a weird-shaped cavity inside it. Let $+q$ charge be inserted inside the cavity. The field of $+q$ attracts negative charge & repels positive charge; ...
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Meaning of “Grounded”

In my opinion, "grounded" means having the same potential as the potential at infinity, which is usually set to zero. Now if we consider a conductor inside a uniform electric field, what is the ...
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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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Charge between parallel plates given voltage

When you connect a parallel-plates capacitor to a voltage source, why is it assumed that the plates will have equal but opposite charge? According to the formula, the voltage only fixes the charge ...
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Electric field of a plate with homogenous charge density

As an example for Gauß Law's application, one can find the calculation of an electric field of a plate with homogenous charge density in nearly every textbook: $$E = \frac{\sigma}{2\epsilon_0}$$ I do ...