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Metal sphere and charged ring

I think this is an interesting question, to which I don't really know the answer to. (Also, not a homework question.) Say you have an uncharged metal sphere constrained to move in the z-axis. There ...
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Calculating the field of an infinite flat sheet of charge using the superposition principle

I am trying to calculate the field of an infinite flat sheet of charge (a plain with uniform charge density $\sigma$) using the superposition principle. I know that the field of an infinite line ...
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Resistance between two points in an infinite metal sphere/cube

Let's imagine that we have a tridimensional metal object of infinite size, and decide to calculate the resistance between two arbitrary points. How would we go about doing this? I have thought of two ...
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What is the net charge of the Earth?

This question arose in a seminar today about the solar wind... This is my vagueish understanding of the problem - please correct if you see errors! The 'classical' picture of atmospheric electricity ...
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Electric field in a capacitor with a dielectric with variable permittivity

Consider the following parallel-plate capacitor, with a potential difference of $V$ across it's plates: I've seen some problems that assume a dielectric with a variable electric permittivity of ...
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Why do we say that in Coulomb's law the force is proportional to $\frac{1}{r^{2}}$ and not $\frac{1}{r^{3}}$?

I am going over Coulomb's law and there is something that is a bit confusing for me: According to Coulomb's law, if I have a charge $q_{1}$ at a point $\vec{r_{1}}$ and a charge $q_{2}$ at a point ...
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Why is the radial direction the preferred one in spherical symmetry?

I am learning about electricity and magnetism by watching MIT video lectures. In the lecture about Gauss's law, while trying to calculate the flux through a sphere with charge in it, the lecturer ...
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Why can we use Gauss' law to compute electric field?

For simplicity I'm considering only the sphere case. In the Gauss' Law formulation we have some field $E$ introduced by charges $Q$ inside some sphere, then we compute flux and integrate, and we get ...
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Doesn't charging by induction violate Law of Conservation of Energy

Charging by induction seems very unintuitive to me. Let me explain: Consider a positively charged rod and a neutrally charged conductor. You can charge it by induction by earthing it and not lose ...
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Can spheres leaking charge be assumed to be in equilibrium?

I am struggling with the following problem (Irodov 3.3): Two small equally charged spheres, each of mass $m$, are suspended from the same point by silk threads of length $l$. The distance between ...
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Why does static electricity not make a charged body reflective?

If mirrors work by deflecting photons by free electrons in surface layer of mirror, so it could be possible to take a glass pane and provide it with extra free electrons by giving it massive static ...
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How is capacitance defined for three concentric spheres?

If we have a configuration of metal concentric spheres (each of negligible thickness) of radii $r_1,r_2,r_3$ respectively and $r_1<r_2<r_3$, and we are given the potentials of the spheres to be ...
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Potential energy: Electric field two spherical charges

I want to determine the potential energy of two equally charged spherical charges by using the equation: $V_{pot}= \int_V \frac{1}{2} \epsilon_0 E^2 dV$ and therefore I was wondering what I has to ...
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Frank-Hertz experiment setup

The usual schematic representing the setup of Frank-Hertz experiment is the following: However, sometimes, you can see a bit different schematic: My question is: what function does $V_{G_1K}$ ...
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Electric dipole, error in calculation

Currently I am calculating the dipole moment of a metal sphere in a uniform electric field $E_0$ in z-direction. From here I know that the charge density look at page 15 is given by $ 3 \epsilon_0 ...
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Electric field screening for arbitrarily formed charge

if I have a not necessarily homogenous electric field of a charge distribution in an electrolyte and i want to find out what the electric field at some position in the electrolyte is. is there any ...
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Dielectric with polar molecules

Suppose a dielectric slab contains polar molecules (which are not further polarisable). When placed in an electric field, (for simplicity, an uniform field), align themselves according to the field. ...
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What happens if we give a single electron charge to a hollow metal sphere?

I found this related question: What happens to 5 electrons on a sphere? But this question describes the case when there can only be 5 electrons on that sphere at all times. The answer linked to the ...
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potential energy of a dipole?

The very popular from of potential energy of the dipole is $-P.E$. But in the derivation of it, we have negelected the potential energy of the pair of charges constituting the dipole. will this not ...
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Electric field of uniformly charged spherical cap?

I was wondering what the electric field of a uniformly charged spherical cap is? Thereby I am referring to a spherical shell that was sliced into two pieces and we are only looking at one part of it. ...
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exterior electric field on a capacitor

Has it been observed that charged high capacitance capacitors do generate a strong positive electrostatic charge on their exterior insulating surfaces? Has it been observed that charged high ...
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Two electron beams exert different forces on each other depending on frame of reference?

I am sure there is a simple explanation for my confusion, but I am a little puzzled: We are dealing with two parallel electron cannons that each produces a straight beam of electrons. They are placed ...
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Dielectric modification of electrostatic equations?

I have learnt that in cases of electrostatic fields inside a dielectric of any source charge, the field is reduced by a factor of K( if K, the dielectric "constant", is taken everywhere to be same). ...
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Electrons drift velocity and capacitors

My friend said this to me and just want to make sure this is right " when we connect the a battery to a LED and the 2 poles are connected, electrons flow from the (-) to the (+) but with very low ...
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Potential of a conductor depends on the size and shape of the conductor. How?

1) When a charge 'q' is given to an isolated conductor, its potential will change. 2) The change in potential depends on the size and shape of the conductor. I could understand the point no. 1. ...
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One terminal of an ideal voltage source connected to earth->Massive current will flow?

Assume we have a "somewhat" ideal voltage source like a DC power supply powered by mains. Take just one terminal and form a conductive path between it and earth ground. Assuming that no conductive ...
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How to find electric scalar potential of infinite wire with Poisson/Laplace equation?

I though it will be easier then calculating the electric field and then integrating, but I am stuck. lets say we have an infinite wire, charged $\lambda$ per unit of length and its located at the ...
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Why is electric flux defined as $\Phi = E \cdot S$?

Flux, as I understand it, is the amount of substance passing through a particular surface over some time. So, from a simple perspective, considering photons that go through some virtual surface $A$ ...
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Charge on capacitor plates in series combination?

Suppose 2 capacitors are connected in series, the plates connected to the battery terminals receive charges $+q$ and $-q$, and the isolated plates in the combination receive equal and opposite charges ...
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Source of potential energy in a capacitor being pulled apart

When the plate spacing is large the capacitor system is storing more energy than when it is small. If one manually changes the spacing, where does the additional energy "come from" as the plate ...
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How to set up Schrodinger's equation for an electron (as a charge distribution) under its own electrostatic field

After reading about the hydrogen atom and understanding how Schrodinger's equation explains most part of the atomic spectrum of an hydrogen atom, and also came to know that, it explains most of the ...
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What is the difference between a battery and a charged capacitor?

What is the difference between a battery and a charged capacitor? I can see lot of similarities between capacitor and battery. In both these charges are separated and When not connected in a circuit ...
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How can we consider charge to be continuous? [duplicate]

In electrostatics, we usually consider charge to be continuous on any body, to calculate the electric field of the body. For eg. I had proved the Shell Theorem taking an infinitesimal charge of $dq$ ...
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Explanation for $E~$ not falling off at $1/r^2$ for infinite line and sheet charges?

For an infinite line charge, $E$ falls off with $1/r$; for an infinite sheet of charge it's independent of r! The infinitesimal contributions to $E$ fall off with $1/r^2$, so why doesn't the total $E$ ...
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Question regarding Drift velocity in general?

The derivation of drift velocity in case of electrons is equivalent to the case of an charged ionic gas and therefore all the arguments also apply there. Now for an ideal "ionic" gas which interacts ...
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What is the energy of interaction between a point charge and an infinite cylinder?

I don't remember enough from my electromagnetism course and I can't find any simple, full example on this subject. I know, that I can consider the cylinder as a wire with the same charge density ...
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Electrostatics:Basic question on electric current

I've got two questions for you. Electric current is the flow of electrons across a conductor.Why has it always got to do with electrons and not with protons? (I know neutrons are not eligible for ...
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what is the electric field intensity inside a charged metallic shell if there is a point charge inside the shell?

What I know so far: - Charges (electrons) inside a conductor will repel (Coulomb's law). - The charges will experience repulsion which results in maximum separation distances between the charges. - ...
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Charging by induction (and grounding)?

The very familiar phenomenon of charging by induction includes bringing a charged object near an uncharged sphere to induce a separation of charges in it and then grounding the charge (same as the ...
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Applying Gauss' Law to find Electric Field

I'm in doubt in the application of Gauss' Law to find electric fields when the charge distribution is symmetric. Well, first of all: I know how to find the magnitude of the field - we just enclose the ...
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Why doesn't an electrometer's capacitance influence the measurement of voltage?

I've read on the subject in several books, and none of them mentioned whether we can neglect electrometer's influence on the measurement of the voltage or not. Maybe my question sounds a bit stupid, ...
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Capacitors' working in a circuit

Does charge in a capacitor containing circuit stop flowing when the potential of the capacitor becomes equal to the potential of the battery??
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In electrostatics total flux linked from the closed surface enclosing the charge is equal to $Q/\varepsilon_0$. This is according to Gauss Law

In electrostatics total flux linked from the closed surface enclosing the charge is equal to $Q/\varepsilon_0$. This is according to Gauss Law. Is this the experimental value or defined value. If ...
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Voltage and current of positive lightning

For a physics issues investigation I chose to investigate what effects lightning could have on an aeroplane while in flight if it was struck and then go on to discuss some possible implications of ...
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What are the applications of Gauss's law in technology? [closed]

Freshmen physics textbooks use Gauss's law plus symmetry to calculate the electric field. I was wondering if this method of finding the electric field using a symmetry is used in real applications in ...
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How are excess charges distributed over non-spherical conductors?

My textbook gives the following explanation on how excess charges are spread over conductors: The excess charge on an isolated conductor moves entirely to the conductor's surface. However, ...
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What is a good read about Manning condensation? [closed]

I was assign in a course to give half an hour talk about Manning condensation. I read Wikipedia article about it as a starter, but it's only two paragraphs long and only point to the original paper ...
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Mathematical problem in integral arising in electrodynamics

I want to calculate the total electrostatic energy of the Cavendish Experiment (two concentric spheres of radii $R_{1,2}$ which are connected, outer one gets charged, then removed, then after removing ...
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Electric Field Lines between two non parallel plates [closed]

A potential difference is applied between two metal plates that are not parallel. Which diagram shows the electric field between the plates? A is the answer BUT WHY explanation needed !
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Field lines question

A friend of mine asked me this question, that is asked in an entrance examination. It shouldn't be that difficult, but I fail to find a rigorous answer for it. The figure shows three charges, that ...