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Gauss's law problem. ( Need someone to point me in the right direction) [closed]

What force per square meter pushes 2 infinite planes charged positively when their charge density is $0.3 \, \mu C/\mathrm{m}^2$ Second part is - using Gauss's theorem derive the equation ...
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Are the axial electric field lines of a dipole the only ones that extend to infinity?

Consider an electric dipole and its electric field lines. There will be many field lines that do not extend to or originate from infinity, but rather begin at the positive charge and loop back ...
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Correct formula to express the potential generated by a single layer charge distribution

Assume that the closed surface $S$ encircles a volume $V$, and that a surface charge with density $\sigma$ ("single layer") is distributed over $S$. My question regards the electrostatic potential ...
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Argument for symmetry of potential

Consider the following electrostatic charge configuration of a spherically symmetric, perfect conductor with total charge $Q = 2q$, where $q > 0$. A point charge $q$ is placed at the position ...
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Does an object's movement affect the likelihood of being struck by lightning?

Does the state of whether an object if moving or stationary affect the likelihood of it being struck by lightning? I suppose some things that could be considered would be: Whether the movement ...
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Debye Hückel Theory valid for ions?

I am wondering about the following: Is Debye Hückel Theory only used if you look at how an external "strong" field(like a potential by a sphere that has a charge that is 1000times higher than the ...
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Effect of electric field of plasma sheaths

How will an electric fields affect the formation of plasma sheaths?
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How does particles gain electrical charges and repel each others? (electrostatic stabilization)

When I study electrostatic stabilization, I understand that the particles have same charge and thus repel others, this is how colloid is stabilize. But how does particles gain electrical charges and ...
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Polarization vector and bound charge

Why is it that the bound charge is $Q_b = - \oint_S{\mathbf{P} \cdot d\mathbf{S}}$? In particular, why is there a negative sign? Hayt's book on electromagnetism describes this as the "net increase in ...
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In what ratio does the charge distribute if a charge and uncharged body touch each other?

Lets say a large charged body has $n$ elementary charges and is brought in contact with a small uncharged body. When the charge distributes, does it distribute in the ratio of number of atoms or each ...
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Why is electric field strong at sharp edges?

I learned about the coronal discharge, and the common explanation is because the electric field is strong where radius of curvature is small. But I haven't found anything yet that explains why ...
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Absolute value in the argument of a logarithm

I am wondering how the author rationalizes the removal of absolute value bars around the quotient argument of a natural logarithm. My take on this is that the potential at point $b$ MUST be greater ...
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What is the electric potential at a point?

1) What does the electric potential at a point exactly mean? My teacher tells me that current flows from higher potential to lower potential but when I ask him the reason, he fails to give me a ...
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electrons in elecrtostatic force(please read specification given below) [duplicate]

when comb is rubbed with hair, and brought near small pieces of papers, small paper pieces gets a towards comb. Here the comb gets negatively charged and when brought near piece of paper where do ...
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Current and Voltage of electrostatic discharge

I conducted an experiment , i put a silver foil on a a CRT TV , then i open the TV, charging the foil (acting like a capacitor plate), if i approach a grounded rod to it , it will discharge with a ...
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Charging one thing with static electricity by using battery

How can I make one thing to get statically charged by using batteries but not friction ? For example charge a rod so it can attract shredding ?
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Capacitor in series?

Say you have two charged capacitors in series. Zoom in on one capacitor. For this specific capacitor, the charge on the two plates will be the same in magnitude, according to my textbook. My teacher ...
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Field from non-conducting plate?

For a non-conducting sheet, the electric field is given by: $$E = \frac{\sigma}{2\epsilon_0}$$ where $\sigma$ is the surface charge density. This equation holds well for a finite ...
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If we change the radius of spherical surface does electric field or flux change?

Suppose a point charge is located at the center of a spherical surface. The electric field at the surface of the sphere and the total flux through the sphere are determined. 1).What happens ...
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Is a capacitor in an open circuit charged?

Say I have a circuit consisting of a battery, a wire, an open switch, and a capacitor. The circuit is open since the switch is open. My book says that the capacitor will only be charged when the ...
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How do you solve Laplace's equation for a parallel plate capacitor?

I would like to find the analytic solution to the problem of two plates of opposite electric potential. I have already solved this numerically as shown in the picture below. I'm also wondering what ...
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Electric field near surface of a conductor? [duplicate]

If the electric field on a positive charge is non-zero, then the charge accelerates in the direction of the field. The field at the surface of a conductor is perpendicular to the surface. Why ...
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Where to place my second image charge? (Spherical ungrounded conductor)

I am trying to find the potential $V$ inside a sphere using the method of image charges. I have a conducting spherical shell. The charge $q$ is inside the sphere. The sphere is ungrounded and is an ...
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Calculating the Potential from the E-Field

I find that often times I'll be tripped up by questioning whether or not I can do something mathematically, and be unable to come up with a satisfying answer. This is, unfortunately, one of those ...
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Two masses connected to a spring separated are charged to q Coulombs

I am working through Yale's Physics 201, and on the first problem set there is a question that is puzzling me. From my reasoning, I think the answer they provided is incorrect hence why I am here. The ...
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Motion of a dipole in an electric field

Assume that we have some non-constant electric field $E(x,t)$ and a point-dipole at a position $q$ with a constant dipole moment $\vec{p}$. How would you describe the time evolution, i.e. the motion ...
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Gravitational redshift of temperature and electrostatic potential

Consider a charged black hole in four-dimensional Minkowski spacetime, with charge $Q$, mass $M>Q$: $ds^2=-f(r)dt^2+\frac{1}{f(r)}dr^2+r^2d\Omega_2^2$, with $f(r)=1-\frac{2M}{r}+\frac{Q^2}{r^2}$. ...
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Quantization of electrostatic $\vec E$ field?

Can a electrostatic field $\vec E=\vec E(x,y,z)$ (time-independent) or electrostatic potential $\phi=\phi(x,y,z)$ be quantized? If yes, will these quanta be photons again? But we don't have an ...
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Capacitor with different charges on each plate

I am confused as to whether/how capacitance changes when each plate has a different charge. For example, consider a coaxial cable and put $20Q$ on the outer cable, and $-Q$ on the inner. Or how about ...
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Definition of electric charge and proper explanation

Is there a definition of electric charge and proper explanation of it? It is said "Electric charge is the physical property of matter that causes it to experience a force when close to other ...
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How can I prevent being zapped by static electricity every time I touch a doorknob or handle in the office?

I don't know what it is about this office, but it seems everything I touch (doorknob, bathroom faucet, edge of kitchen sink in the break room), I get zapped by static electricity. It's getting old. ...
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Force on a test charge placed at the center of a 13-sided regular polygon?

Assume a test charge with charge $Q$ is placed at the center of a 13-sided regular polygon, the vertices of which are charges with equal charge $q$. What is the electrical force on the center charge? ...
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Why isn't the electrical field between two parallel conducting plates quadrupled?

For the sake of clarity and brevity, here is the description from my textbook (Halliday & Resnick 9th): This description states that the electric field is doubled. I am seriously confused. When ...
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What happen if we put permanent potential across conductor?

why if we put conductors under permanent potential like a battery ,it will not be equi-potential ?? and why if we just put it under electric field it is equi-potential although there is a surface ...
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Does corona discharge charged insulator?

Does corona discharge charged insulator? I draw a diagram to make it simpler to understand. Electrons form negative side is accelerated due to electric field and accumulate on insulator surface. Gas ...
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Does higher voltage and plate area cause more separation between leaves in electroscope?

Does higher voltage cause more separation between leaves in electroscope? Will higher voltage and plate area attract more charge since Q = CV.
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Charging the plates before making the capacitor

Basically, a simple capacitor will consist of 2 plates and a dielectric material between them, what if i took 2 plates, charged one with a +ve charge and the other with equal -ve charge, then i put ...
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Electrical Potential Energy And forces Experienced By Particles [closed]

I am really stuck on a question and would appreciate a helping hand. A particle has a charge of $+3.5$ $\mu$$C$ and moves from point $A$ to point $B$, a distance of $0.5m$. The particle experiences a ...
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Distance between 2 copper rods [closed]

A balance was used to investigate the relationship between current and force. The balance was set up with one copper rod fixed to it and a second rod fixed above it, as shown in the diagram. Each rod ...
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Electric field in a cylinder

We have electric charge density $\rho(r) = kr$ in a cylinder of infinite height and radius $a$. I'm asked to find the electric field. I'm doing it using two methods and I don't undesrtand why then ...
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How does the magnetic field get induced in car's tire?

I was amazed to see how my car's tire started attracting the nuts and bolts, how in the world did it induce the magnetic field? Never heard of such phenomena!!!
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Where does this energy equation come from: $E_k=k\frac{k(q_1q_2)}{r}$

I have this equation but I have no idea where it came from. $E_k=k\frac{(q_1q_2)}{r}$ I don't understand especially since I have this other equation: $E = k\frac{Q_{source}}{r^2}$ And cannot find ...
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Product of ρ and φ [closed]

Consider a charge distribution $ρ_1(r)$ and the potential $φ_1(r)$ due to it. Consider another charge distribution $ρ_2(r)$ and $φ_2(r)$ due to it. Both distributions have finite extent, but are ...
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Surface charge in a wire?

The image above shows the distribution of the surface charge in a current carrying wire. The surface charges distributes themselves to make sure the field inside the wire is always perpendicular to ...
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electrical potential energy stored in vacumm for a single point charge?

I have come to know the electrostatic potential energy in vacuum is given by $${\frac{1}{2}} \epsilon_0\int d^3x {E^2} $$ and this energy is due to the mutual electrostatic coulomb potential energy. ...
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Types of electrostatic force

In some references, electrostatic force is said to have 3 types: Coulombic force, image force, and gradient force. I really would feel grateful if anybody can explain to me the difference between ...
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Electric field in a wire?

The electric field in a wire is parallel to the wire's surface (it is always pointing "to the front"). If the electric field did not point in this direction, surface charges would build up and ...
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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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Why do same/opposite electric charges repel/attract each other, respectively?

I know plus pushes another plus away, but why, really, do they do that? On the other hand, molecules of the same type are attracted to each other. I find that weird. I do know some stuff about four ...
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How to achieve Gigavolts?

I was searching the internet when I found this article http://arxiv.org/abs/0804.1764, about achieving high voltage and power to ignite thermonuclear reaction by inertial confinement, the plan was to ...