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Static electricity - what is it?

I'm just having some difficulty with completely understanding the concept of static electricity. What actually happens? Is it because the electrons cant move? And if so, why can't they move?
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Need help with signs (+ -) in electric potential work and potential energy problem

The problem is from Sears and Zemansky's University Physics, 12th edition in Spanish. The problem says: How much work is needed to assemble an atomic nucleus that contains three protons if it is ...
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Divergence of $\frac{e^{-br}\hat{r}}{r^2}$ in electrostatics [closed]

My question is how to calculate the divergence of a vector field (Electric field) given as: $\vec{E}(r)=\frac{e^{-br}\hat{r}}{r^2}$. Or more generally how to approach finding the divergence of a ...
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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 do flames neutralize a static charge?

I was working with a demonstration galvanometer recently when it accidentally picked up a static charge from me lightly rubbing my hand across it. The case was made of a clear plastic. My attempts ...
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Why doesn't the gravitational force have a permittivity in its formula? [duplicate]

We know that the electrostatic force between two charges depends on the medium between the charges and its permittivity. Why, then, doesn't the gravitational force depend on the medium?
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Why does electromagnetic induction creates both voltage and current but static electricity only creates voltage and no current?

Why is it that electrons do not move the same way in triboelectric as in magnetic induction when both creates voltage? Triboelectricity can even create tens of thousands of volts like Van De Graf ...
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Electric field $E$ due to a dipole moment

Why is the formula of $$E = kp/z^3~ ?$$ Why is it $z^3$ ? I want a physics answer not math please.
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How to find electric potential from electric field? [closed]

How to find potential difference when electric field is given ?
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Force between the plates of a capacitor

As we know that the electric field between two parallel plates of a capacitor is $$E=\frac{\sigma}{\epsilon_0}$$, so the magnitude of force exerted by one plate on the other should have been $$F=QE$$. ...
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why potential becomes equal when capacitor are connected

If we have a circuit as shown in which two capacitor are connected of unequal potential. Now if we close the switch the charge will flow till potential becomes equal. But as we know $Q=CV$, $V=Ed$...
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Final potential difference between plates of capacitor [closed]

If the plates of a parallel plate capacitor are given charges 4Q and -2Q . The capacitor is then connected across an uncharged capacitor of the same capacitance as first one (=C) . Now we have to find ...
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As distance increase why no change in electric field in parallel plate condenser [duplicate]

If the distance between the plates of a parallel condensor is 4mm and the potential difference is 60 volts. Now if we increase the distance between the plates to 12mm, then: Why the electric field ...
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Potential Energy for dipole in Electric Field

Potential Energy is the work done by the external agent in turning the angle of the dipole from the U=0 position to another position against the influence of the electric field applied right? So if ...
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What moves the charges between capacitors?

Suppose I charged two capacitors to charges Q1 and Q2. By charging a capacitor to charge +Q , I mean that one plate acquires a net charge +Q and another plate acquires a net charge -Q.The capacitors ...
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Can/will a proton escape the nucleus when a force is applied? [closed]

Protons are contained within the nucleus of an atom. Protons carry a positive charge. With an electric field, we can exert a force on the proton. Is it possible for the proton to escape the nucleus? ...
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The direction of electric field in a thin hollow cylindrical insulating shell

Consider a thin hollow cylindrical insulating shell like the one above draw in 3D-coordinate with Z-axis going out of page and is centered at the origin of XYZ axis. It has electric charge +Q ...
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Unification of Newtonian gravity and electrostatic force [closed]

Can we not unify Newtonian gravity & electrostatic force? All properties are almost same. We can imagine the atoms of the Earth's core to become dipoles when a body is freely-falling. Thus, due to ...
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Should static electricity affect a Crookes radiometer?

I've been playing around with a Crookes radiometer for fun and I happened across something I can't figure out. I know the fundamentals of the radiometer (e.g. partial vacuum, thermodynamics, etc.), ...
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Determination of the electric field of charged object using Gauss's law

when we determine the electric field of a charged rod of infinite length,we consider a circular cylinder to be the gaussian surface for convenience.In the case of a charged sheet we choose the ...
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Are these capacitors parallel or in series?

I am a bit confused. The authors say these conductors are parallel when the switch is on. But to me it looks like they are in series since the handle is insulating. How can you explain that they are ...
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How to Explain the the following situation?

I have thought a simple thing: consider a system of a planet and its natural satellite revolving around it in a perfectly circular orbit(assumed) and this is happening in an isolated space in some ...
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Does changing a closed surface in the manner outlined contradict Gauss' Law?

As I understand it, Gauss' Law states that the electric flux on any arbitrary closed surface is equivalent to the sum of all charges enclosed within the surface times a constant. Mathematically, this ...
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Different charges of plates of parallel plate capacitor

Suppose the plates of a parallel plate capacitor have charges +2Q and -Q initially. Then if they are connected with a battery of emf V what will be the charge distribution on the plates of capacitor? ...
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How can I know the induced charge density in a dielectric?

There's an infinite conduciting plane lying over the XY plane, conected to a battery that keeps it at a constant potential $\phi_0$. At a distance $D$ from the plane there is a point charge $q$ that ...
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Determine potential function given initial conditions?

Assuming a radially symmetric circular disk (let's say r=1). Given two simple initial conditions: Potential at the centre is 4 V Potential at the edges is 0 V How would I determine the potential ...
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Why electric potential at equatorial point of a dipole is 0?

Well ok I know that electric potential at equatorial point of a dipole is 0. It is a derived conclusion. Q1. But how this can be explained "theoretically"? Another question that electric potential ...
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AP Physics 1/2- Electrostatics Capacitor [closed]

I recently took a physics exam over Electrostatics Capacitor and was unsure about a couple of questions. the test was free response and I had to explain. Please tell me if my answer and reasoning ...
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Relyance of plate distance on the capacitor equation

I am studying capacitors and i cannot seem to understand why the increase/ decrease in voltage and distance between the plates would affect the capacitor's abillity to store charge. Can anyone help??
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Is it possible to get an analytic expression of the capacitance for this geometry?

Here is the geometry I'm talking about: Assume the red rectangle is at some constant potential V, like 10 Volts, and the blue is at ground. We can assume that the rectangles extend infinitely (to ...
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Charge over 2 layer dielectric, image method

If I have a charge $Q$ located over a 2 layer dielectric as represented: According to the image method : the charge $Q'1$ will be located at a distance $h_1$ under the first interface and the $Q'2$ ...
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Charges on outer faces of parallel plate capcitor

Can there be charges on outer charges of a parallel plate capacitor if both the plates are initially charged by different amount and then connected with a battery.
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Time of free fall in a repulsive force [duplicate]

The formula for time of a free falling body when acceleration is not constant can be found in any answers here at this site and also at wikipedia. But I haven't been able to find any formula for a ...
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Static field on plastic slide only during day not night

Can anyone fully explain why- A modern kids park play ground slide made of plastic has a static field of electrons gathered on it only during the day and never at night?
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The Zero Electric Potential of the “Earth”

I know its the potential differences that matter and generally we define the zero of the electric potential according to our convenience. I would like you to look at this standard problem: Charge $-...
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Calculating charge density $\rho(r)$ using Gauss law (both forms)

Below is a question given in my assignment. I tried applying Gauss law in both forms, differential and surface integral form. But both there is a difference by a factor of $2$. Is the differential ...
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The distribution of net charge in the Millikan oil drop experiment?

What is the distribution? Of course it depends on the concrete setup. But, what is the typical value? The concern is that, if the distribution is peaked at, say 1000, it would be very difficult ...
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Zero electric field in empty region of hollow conductor

A hollow conducting shell having a net charge of +Q has a point charge -Q placed at its centre. From the diagram, it looks like Suppose the radius of the inner shell from the origin is a and the ...
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Grounding system of conducting plates

So, I always make mistakes on problems such as this (the grounding part), so I'm hoping someone could really explain to me how the process works . There are n large parallel plate conductors carrying ...
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The velocity of the charged particle in the magnetic field [duplicate]

Enrico Fermi considered that moving charged particle gains energy in the magnetic field, so its velocity increases. According to the Lorentz Law $\vec F=q\vec v\times\vec B$. Work is $A=\vec F\times\...
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Lorentz force in different reference frames?

I have been introducing myself to special relativity and relativistic electrodynamics, and became curious about the similarity of the electric and magnetic forces. I'm trying to show that the combined ...
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Maximum electric field of a circular ring

How do you differentiate the equation for electric field of uniform ring $$ E_x = \frac{kxQ}{(x^2+r^2)^{3/2}} $$to get the maximum at a point? My book says $x = \frac{r}{\sqrt2}$. I tried ...
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Electric field of an infinite plane (with and without an infinite conductor)

Suppose we have an infinite and uniformly charged (of surface charge density $\sigma \gt 0$) plane at $z = 0$. We can find the electric field at any point $(x, y, z)$ by computing an integral all ...
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Electrostatics, System of Charges [closed]

At $t=0$, a positive point charge of mass $m$ is projected toward another positive point charge of mass $m$ in free space. At the instant of minimum separation kinetic energy of the system of two ...
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What did Feynman want to mean by 'artificial energy'?

I was reading Mechanical and electrical energies by Feynman when I came before this: We have seen an analogous situation in electrostatics. We showed that the energy of a capacitor is equal to $Q^...
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Why don't conductive objects change color when electric dipoles are induced in them?

I was playing around with a comb, my hair, and pieces of paper when it occurred to me that inducing a dipole on the pieces of paper meant that many valence electrons previously on the side closer to ...
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Poisson's equation for conductor with non uniform conductivity

In my introductions to electromagnetics course we have a computer lab where one of the preliminary question is as follows (my attempt at an answer is below the bold part): Is my reasoning correct? ...
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How to obtain $2\pi\epsilon_0$ when computing capacitance per unit length of a system?

To make my question more clear, I will use an example to illustrate it. Consider an infinite conducting plane, with a long conducting cylinder of radius $R$ at a distance $h$ away from it, with the ...
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Field due to induced charges in and out of a conductor with a cavity that contains a charge inside

I want to know the proof for the following statement:- The net electric field due to the "induced charges on the surface of the cavity and the charge inside the cavity" is zero everywhere outside ...