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Electrostatic notion of voltage as it applies to circuits

I have a question that's been bothering me about electric fields, voltage, and circuit analysis. Initially, I came to understand voltage as it was taught in the context of electrostatics - through ...
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Why is the conductor an equipotential surface in electrostatics?

Since the electric field inside a conductor is zero that means the potential is constant inside a conductor, which means the "inside" of a conductor is an equal potential region. Why do books also ...
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Why does a glass rod when rubbed with silk cloth aquire positive charge and not negative charge?

I have read many times in the topic of induction that a glass rod when rubbed against a silk cloth acquires a positive charge. Why does it acquire positive charge only, and not negative charge? It ...
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Why we cannot use Gauss's Law to find the Electric Field of a finite-length charged wire?

One of my physics books has a nice example on how to use Gauss's Law to find the electric field of a long (infinite) charged wire. However, at the very end of the example, the author ends by saying ...
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Path followed by a free test charge in an electric field region represent the electric lines of forces?

As we know that if we put any free test charge in an electric field which is moving horizontally then it will experience an repulsive force and move in that direction so by that we can say that for ...
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Electric field due to a finite line charge [closed]

I was wondering what would happen if we were to calculate electric field due to a finite line charge. Most books have this for an infinite line charge. In the given figure if I remove the portion of ...
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Where should five charges be placed inside a hollow sphere so as the system has the lowest potential energy? [duplicate]

I want to know the configuration where the system would be most stable.I only know basic Physics & Maths and cannot start solving the problem.I can understand it for 4 charges and 6 charges as a ...
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Gauss's Law of Electric Field how it actually works? & How Gauss derived it?

I want to know how Gauss derived his equation of Electric Field. Did he derive it from Coulomb's law? I don't think so. Please tell me some details about how this law works? inside a Gaussian ...
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How does friction product heat?

Suppose there are two similar particle-like objects attempting to "bump" against each other to create friction, they are prevented from colliding against one another due to either electrostatic ...
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The influence of electric potential of a planet to a spaceship

How does the electric potential of a planet influence a spaceship? If a distant planet is at very high potential compared to Earth. A spaceship is sent from Earth to land on the planet. Is the mission ...
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Induction in Electrostatics

While solving some problems on electrostatics, I came across this question : Two balls carrying charges of +3 $\mu C$ and -3$\mu C$ attract each other with a force $F$. If a charge of +3$\mu C$ is ...
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What is the dimension of the solution for Laplace's equation between two cylinders?

Calculate the $\phi$, satisfying $\nabla^2 \phi=0$ between the two cylinders $r=a$, on which $\phi=0$, and $r=b>a$, on which $\phi=V$. I calculate it and found the solution is ...
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How can plants rooted on the ground become charged?

According to a quote on the physics forum "Plants are usually charged negatively and emit weak electric fields." Reference However this seems to contradict the fact that plants are grounded and any ...
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Calculating the electric charge of two spheres knowing their potential

I have a system of two spheres, the first one is at a potential of $ V_1 = 1 V $ and the second one is at a potential of $ V_2 = 0 V $ The distance between them is $d$ and the radius are respectively ...
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Potential of a sphere induced by a charged sphere

I am trying to solve what seems like a simple problem but something is bothering me: Imagine we have a sphere (1) with a charge $Q_1$ and at a distance $d$ we have another sphere (2) which is a ...
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Net charge in a conductor

Why does the net charge in a conductor with a cavity becomes zero although we find that the field line from the cavity having a charge +q reaches to the surface of the conductor?
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Why must the belt in a van de Graaff generator be insulating?

If it were conducting then it would not be required to be constantly driven over the pulley; the positive charge gained at the bottom could just flow directly to the large sphere.
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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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Electric potential and maximum charge on a conductor

Does increasing the amount of electric charge on a conductor cause an increase in its electric potential to a point at which it becomes maximum; where it can hold no more extra charge? Is it true? ...
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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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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} ...
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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 ...
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Potential generated by a hollow sphere with a hole

The sphere has radius $R$ and is missing its "pole" - meaning that in the area $\theta\leq\alpha$ there is nothing. The object has a homogenous charge density $\sigma=\frac{Q}{\pi R^2}$ I'm trying to ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Why is static electricity called static?

They called it "static" because "it doesn’t go anywhere". In order to create static electricity, you have to rub two different materials. When you rub them, the electrons move. So, why is it called ...
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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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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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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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What types of materials can be electrically charged by rubbing?

What types of materials can be electrically charged by rubbing? Is there a certain type of materials in which static electricity can be produced by rubbing together two different materials?
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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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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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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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How to calculate the force between line of charges?

As far as I know Coulomb's law only works for point charges but what if there are not any point charges? For example, let's imagine there are three rectangles with different sizes. First one is 50 cm, ...
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How is capacitance of a cylindrical capacitor calculated?

I've just begun learning capacitance, and my lecture notes have a section on calculating capacitance for capacitors in vacuum of various shapes, e.g. two parallel plates and concentric spherical ...
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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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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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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 ...