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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 ...
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Could you give boundary conditions to the gravitational potential given the density distribution?

We´re doing a project that's all about solving differential equations with separation of variables. We´re trying to find the gravitational potential given the density distribution (that has azimuthal ...
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Why does the molar conductivity decrease with increasing charge density?

This is a question in a problem sheet I have been set. Is it do do with the following equation: $\Lambda=\Lambda_0-a\sqrt c$? Surely charge density is proportional to concentration so therefore molar ...
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Uniform Electric Field

I was going through the first chapter in Resnick Halliday related to electromagnetism and then I came across something called a uniform electric field. It was written that "If E is uniform (that is, ...
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Electrostatics and tv screens

My physics textbook states an activity- "Cut out thin strips of paper and lightly iron them. Take them near a TV screen or computer monitor. The strips get attracted to the screen and may cling to the ...
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Electric potential energy and signs

I know that electric potential is negative near a negative charge and positive near a positive charge. But does this mean a small positive 'test' charge has a negative electric potential energy near a ...
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Why can we ignore self energy?

I have been doing some practice questions in a text book [Electricity and Magnetism by Purcell and Morin]. So I know that the energy the potential energy of a system is the total work required to ...
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Find out gradient of electric potential at ${\bf r}$ created by eletric dipole of moment ${\bf p}$ [closed]

Suposing an electric dipole of moment ${\bf p}$ located at the origin which creates an electric potential at ${\bf r}$ given by $$\psi(\textbf{r})=\frac{\textbf{p}\centerdot\textbf{r}}{4\pi\epsilon_0r^...
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Workdone in an equipotential surface is zero?

An equipotential surface is one in which all the points are at the same electric potential. If a charge is to be moved between any two points (say from point A to point B) on an equipotential surface, ...
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The Electric Quadrupole

I've read the following sentence: "Every electric circuit with two pairs of accessible terminals is called a quadrupole." I was wondering why does it happen that the multipole expansion gives us a ...
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Electric Dipole force exerted by a charged wire on a dipole

Why is force exerted by a charged wire on a dipole given as $F = P×(dE(r))/(dr)$ where P is the dipole moment? Please explain in simple words and avoid using too much technical derivations.I am a ...
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Does the electric force on a charged particle in a uniform electric field increase?

If I have a proton in a uniform field between two parallel oppositely charged plates and the proton accelerates, the electric force acting on it stays constant seeing it is a uniform field and as a ...
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How can a cable pass signal

I am currently study electrostatics. And I don't get how can electrons pass signals in a cable, can somebody explain this to me specifically?(I am only twelve years old) Thank you very much!
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Galerkin-type weak formulation for electrokinetics

I am currently working on finite element simulations about electrokinetics. My solver (getdp) accepts directly galerkin-type weak formulation of equations. I am thus trying to write my equations in ...
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Can we have negative Electrostatic potential

What does it mean to have a negative electric potential? not talking about potential difference or voltage.
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How does insulating footwear prevent an electric shock?

The reason I have always heard to explain the reduction of electric shock when we wear insulating footwear goes as follows: When electricity passes from our body to the ground, an electric circuit ...
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How to determine whether a statically charged object is positively or negatively charged?

for example, I rub a ballon on carpet. What is an experiment I can do to tell which object is net positive charged and which is negative?
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Laplacian of $1/r^2$ (context: electromagnetism and poisson equation)

We know that a point charge $q$ located at the origin $r=0$ produces a potential $\sim \frac{q}{r}$, and this is consistent with the fact that the Laplacian of $\frac{q}{r}$ is $$\nabla^2\frac{q}{r}=...
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Closed surface intuition [closed]

In topology, closed surface is simply defined to be the surface that has no boundary as opposed to open surfaces. This is the layman's definition of closed surface. Example is notably a sphere. But,...
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Induced charge in a mobius strip

I know that when a positive charge is placed at the center of a circular ring, the "inside" of the ring will have a negative induced charge and the "outside" will have a positive induced charge. ...
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How does electromotive force (emf) influence electrostatic force in a circuit?

I am learning about emf and I am using university physics of Hugh D. Young which states that when the emf source is not part of a circuit the non-electrostatic force of the source moves charge form ...
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Charge distribution on a doughnut shaped conductor

In a spherical solid conductor the charge is always on the outer surface. Even if the sphere has a cavity, the surface of the inner cavity can not carry a charge due to Gauss's Law. What would be ...
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What is the meaning of permittivity of free space?

We all know about the value of permittivity of free space but is this actually enough of for our knowledge? We should be taught that what actually does permittivity of free space means.
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Effect of charges near a parallel plate capacitor

If I charge a parallel plate capacitor and I insert a charged body near one of the plates will there be any interactions like attraction or repulsion? What if I disconnect the battery?
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Flux through plane surface in hemisphere [closed]

Suppose a charge is placed at the centre of a hemispherical surface of radius $R$ then what would be the electric flux passing through the planar surface opposite to the charge in the hemisphere? I ...
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Continuity of Potential of an electric field

Consider a point charge $q$ at $(0,0,0)$, the potential at $\bf{r}$ is given by $V(\bf{r})$ $= \frac{q}{4\pi\epsilon_0r}$. If you consider a path through $(0,0,0)$, you encounter a discontinuity in ...
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Image charges and capacitors?

Consider these two situations: A (infinite) parallel plate capacitor in which one plate is held at a potential $V$ and the other is grounded. A point charge near an infinite plane and grounded plate....
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Explanation for electrostatic energy expression

My question is about the electrostatic energy $We$ expression for $n$ point charges. I just can't figure out where the factor "$\frac{1}{2}$" came from: $We=\frac{1}{2} \sum_{i=1}^{n} q_iV_i$
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Force between charges when there's a slab of dielectric between them [duplicate]

Consider the following arrangement - Blue and red are two opposite charges +q and -q separated by a distance R. A dielecric slab is placed between them. The thickness of the slab is t. What will ...
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Electrostatic Potential Energy Integral

I'm trying to calculate the total energy of a simple two charge system through the integral for electrostatic energy of a system given in Griffiths' book: $$U = \frac{\epsilon_0}{2}\int_V E^2 dV .$$ ...
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Gauss Law for a Modified Coulomb's Law

A problem out of a certain popular book on electricity and magnetism dealt with the resulting electrostatic theory if Coulomb's law was replaced with the following equation: $$ \mathbf{F} = \frac{1}{...
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Definition of charges

We say that a body is negatively charged when it has excess electrons otherwise say positively or uncharged. We also say that electrons are negatively charged. By the above statement, it has more ...
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Why are there dust particles on TV screens?

My professor gave us the following reason: The screen is positively charged. When dust particles fly near it, the positive charges in the screen induce a charge in the dust particle, pulling the ...
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Energy Loss during Sharing of Charge between two Capacitors

It is fairly easy to show that there is always a loss energy when two capacitors share their charge to attain the same common potential, but is it with the same ease that one can explain why it ...
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Electric field of a full disk - when $R \to 0$ - it's not equal to coulomb law

An MIT document states that the electric field of a full disk, when $R \to 0$, is similar to Coulomb's law $$\mathbf E_{disk}=2\pi k_e\sigma\left[1-\frac{x}{\left(x^2+R^2\right)^{1/2}}\right]\hat{...
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Question on boundary condition for Maxwell's Equations and Coulomb's law

When deriving Coulomb's law using the differential forms of Maxwell's equation, the boundary condition that $\phi = 0 $ at infinity is also used. From $\nabla × E = 0, E = \nabla \phi$ for some $V$...
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Information content of the electrostatic Maxwell equations vs Coulomb's Law vs Poisson's Equation

In electrostatics, we have Maxwell's equations: $\nabla \cdot E = \rho$ $\nabla \times E = 0$ These four equations (the second line standing for three equations) can also be written in terms of the ...