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Shape of electric charges on sphere in equilibrium state

When electric charges of equal magnitude and sign are released on a regular sphere (and assume that they stick to the surface of the sphere, but they are free to move along its surface), what is the ...
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what is in the electrostatic field that makes the word done independent of path taken?

I am trying to understand how is it possible for electric force to behave like this (path independence)? I am repeatedly failing to get an intuitive meaning behind its (electric field) nature of ...
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Where do electrical charges go, on a nonconductor dielectric when we make it charged?

My question is about electrically nonconductor dielectrics. We know such materials don't possess free charges.They have atoms bound together and every atom has specific numbers of electrons turning ...
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Behavior of the electric field on boundary surfaces

Consider this picture. Integrating over this infinitesimal box gives the following equivalencies: $$\int_{\Delta V} d^3r~{\rm div} \vec{E}(\vec{r}) = \int_{S(\Delta V)} d\vec{f} \cdot ...
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Need a more efficient way to find where the $E$ field is zero

So this is a problem I already know how to solve, but I feel like my method is really inefficient and I'm wondering if there's a more intuitive, less tedious way to arrive at this conclusion. If we ...
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Tension in a curved charged wire (electrostatic force) - does wire thickness matter?

Consider a conducting wire bent in a circle (alternatively, a perfectly smooth metal ring) with a positive (or negative) electric charge on it. Technically, this shape constitutes a torus. Assume ...
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Electrostatic energy integral for point charges

The electric energy stored in a system of two point charges $Q_1$ and $Q_2$ is simply $$W = \frac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0}\frac{Q_1Q_2}{a}$$ where $a$ is the distance between them. However, the total ...
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Understanding unit vectors

Trying to understand how the unit vector ${\mathcal{\hat{r}}}$ defined as $\frac{r' - r}{|r' - r|} $ (where $r'$ is the source point) works in this problem: Work out the electric field, $E$, at point ...
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Electrostatic adhesion instead of glue. Is it possible?

I am thinking about the way to attach the printed photographs to the wall but not using the frame. And the most interesting idea for me is the use of electrostatics. In addition I have found the ...
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Experimental relationship between linear dependence and superposition

From Griffith's Introduction to Electrodynamics The principle of superposition may seem obvious to you, but it did not have to be so simple: if the electromagnetic force were proportional to the ...
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Electric field of an infinitely long (thin) metal cylinder [closed]

An infinitely long thin metal cylinder of radius $a$ coaxial with the $z$ axis carries a uniform surface charge density $\sigma=\frac{\lambda}{2\pi a}$, where $\lambda$ is a constant. A thick ...
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Moving the plates of a charged capacitor to calculate energy density - where's the flaw in my argument?

For a charged air-dielectric capacitor, let the plates be parallel to the $xy$ plane, with the top carrying a positive charge $+Q$, the bottom a charge $-Q$. The force on an infinitesimal charge ...
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Finding Electric Field outside a Charged Cylinder

I'm trying to solve a problem that involves finding the electric field due to a uniformly cylinder of radius $r$, length $L$ and total charge $Q$. Well, my thought was: if I am to use Gauss' Law, I'll ...
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Do inner shell electrons feel the electric field/force from an outer shell electron in an atom?

We just finished studying Gauss’ law and were puzzled by this thought. If I look at a copper atom and focus on the 29th electron in the 4th shell, according to Gauss’ law, I can draw a Gaussian ...
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mathematical model of one electrostatic problem

I am trying to find direct-current electric field in a specific domain: it is a brick made from a low-conductive material with a number of more conductive inclusions of different shapes - spheres, ...
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How can a conductor be grounded yet there are induced charges on it?

A classic example for the method of images is the following, quoted from Griffiths's Introduction to Electrodynamics, page 121: "Suppose a point charge $q$ is held a distance $d$ above an infinite ...
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Gauss's / Divergence theorem in Classical electrodynamics for the Electric field [duplicate]

Can somebody explain the proof of Gauss's theorem / divergence theorem taking the vector as electric field $$\iiint(\nabla\cdot\vec E)\mbox{ d} V=\iint \vec E \cdot\hat{n} \mbox{ d} ...
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Gauss's (Divergence) theorem in Classical Electrodynamics

How does divergence theorem holds good for electric field. How does this hold true- $$\iiint\limits_{\mathcal{V}} (\vec{\nabla}\cdot\vec{E})\ \mbox{d}V=\mathop{{\int\!\!\!\!\!\int}\mkern-21mu ...
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Physical interpretation of $\iiint (∇\cdot\vec E)\mbox{d} V$ [duplicate]

Can anybody explain the physical interpretation of Gauss's law $$\iiint (\nabla\cdot \vec E)~\mbox{d}V~=~\frac{Q}{\epsilon_0}? $$ Also, how is the differential form of Gauss's law obtained from ...
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Flux through side of a cube

I am looking at Griffiths introduction to Electrodynamics 3rd ED. Problem 2.10 asks for the flux of $E$ through the right face of the cube, when a charge $q$ is in the back left corner of the cube. ...
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Volume charge density of H-atom

I have a problem where I am supposed to calculate the volume charge density of a neutral hydrogen atom. The potential is given to be $$ \Phi = k \frac{e^{-ar}}{r} \left(1 + \frac{ar}{2}\right) $$ Now ...
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Cylindrical charge distribution [closed]

I'll just list the problem first and then explain what I need help with. Consider a cylindrical charge distribution extending from $r = 0$ to $r = 8.2 $cm of charge density $\rho = r/a_0$, where ...
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Electric field singularities

Is this the list of all possible types of singularities in electrostatic field $E$? near a point charge: $\frac{1}{r^2}$ near a line of charge: $\frac{1}{r}$ near the edge (not surface) of a ...
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Does the electric field change only inside the dielectric, or even after exiting the dielectric?

I know that the field inside a dielectric is changed and is $\epsilon$ times less the original field (some books use $K$ for this constant). This is because the induced field inside the dielectric is ...
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What does it mean for a $2$ dimensional object to be charged with a charge distribution which is $1$ dimensional $\lambda$?

I saw an example, in a tutorial of my Physics $2$ course that there was a hollow cylinder (which is $2$ dimensional) charged with uniform charge distribution $\lambda>0$ per unit length. What does ...
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Charge and conducting thick slab

I have thought over this problem but I haven't found the solution: There is an electric charge $q$ at a distance $d$ from a conducting slab with thickness $t$, the problem is to find the potential ...
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(Exercise review) Find the moment of the electric dipole

I have solved an exercise, but the result I have obtined is wrong and I can't understand why. If you can help me, I'll be so grateful. Let's consider a charged cylinder, its radius is equal to R and ...
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Electrostatic Potential Energy Derivation

How is the boxed step , physically as well as mathematically justified and correct ? Source:Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_potential_energy As work done = $- \Delta U $. for Conservative ...
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No magnetic field from a static charge - Is there a simple physical argument to show why?

For a charge moving in an electric field $\vec E$, its equation of motion is given by the electric part of the Lorentz force $$\frac d {dt}\gamma m \vec v = e\vec E$$This comes from the conservation ...
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Dielectric in Parallel Plate Capacitor

Given a parallel plate capacitor of width $w$, length $l$, with a dielectric moving along the length $l$. Let the dielectric be from $x$ onwards. The capacitance will be $\frac{w \epsilon_0}{d} ...
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A question from a Physics 2 exam: About electron cloud an a constant external field:

I am trying to prepare for my exam in Physics $2$, the following is a question from an old exam (the question also have a detailed answer to it, but I don't really understand it). An acceptable ...
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Potential of a dipole with actual physical extension?

I think everybody here knows the equation that gives the potential of a point like dipole, but how does the field look like if you have e.g. a metal sphere with radius $R$ and a certain dipol moment, ...
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Point charge in a five-dielectric medium [closed]

What is the electrostatic potential due to a point charge in a five-dielectric medium with planar interfaces? Specifically, consider a system with planar interfaces, and the dielectric constants: $$ ...
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Electric field outside a hollow cylindrical conducting shell [closed]

Imagine that a point charge $+Q$ is located at radius $R$ and height $z=0$ inside of an infinitely long conducting cylinder shell of inner radius $a>R$ and outer radius $b$. From what we know of ...
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How did Jackson get the exact solution to potential in polar coordinates

On page 45 of Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics (3ed), He solved a polar potential problem with known source distribution. $$ \frac{1}{\rho}\frac{\partial}{\partial \rho}\left( \rho\frac{\partial ...
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Can someone give an intuitive way of understanding why Gauss's law holds?

Gauss' Law of electrostatics is an amazing law. It is extremely useful (as far as problems framed for it are concerned :D. I do not have a real world-problem solving experience of using Gauss' Law). ...
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What exactly is electric field screening?

I've run into this concept of 'screening' several times before, but I admit I've never sat down and really thought about why the process works. My understanding of the effect is that mobile electric ...
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Electron inside a conducting shell

Suppose I keep a single electron inside a hollow metallic/conducting shell,what will the charge distribution on the surfaces of the shell? Now in principle from Maxwell's equations,it simply should ...
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Using the image charges method to find the electric field

The following is a question from a tutorial in my Physics 2 course about conductors and the Method of image charges. We are given two infinite perpendicular and grounded plains. The first ...
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Nature of charge on conductive surfaces

In our introductory physics class, we were being taught about charge density ($\sigma$). Our teacher told us that a spherical conductor has a uniform charge density while conductors like a cuboidal ...
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Consistency of equation with special relativity?

The following is the equation which, I want to know, if it is valid in relativistic domain. Consider two equal charges moving in same direction with velocity $v$ and charge $q$ at a separation of ...
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Potential of a Body

I have a doubt about the electric potential of a body. Well, I know that given a continuous distribution of charge we can find the potential at a point $a$ using the following relation: ...
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About electrostatic induction

when we approach a charged rod (+) to a neutral metal rod ( not touching) a number of electrons to that side ( lets call it side B) negating the effect of the introduced electric field, reaching ...
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Equation for the equipotential lines? [closed]

What is the equation for the equipotential lines in $x$-$y$ plane for a dipole oriented along the $x$ axis?
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Potential on a Charged Sheet

I know the field difference across a charged sheet-but what's the potential on a charged sheet? Is it just asymptotic? If we had a thin cylindrical sheet would it be the same? Zero field inside the ...
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Do we need infinite energy to make 2 similar charges touch only in theory?

By Coulomb's law, say if we have 2 point particles each having a charge of +1C then by the formula, F = k/(d)^2 if we need to make the distance between them zero, clearly y the formula, we need to ...
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What is the relationship between strain and electric current?

Strain or stress can be caused by different sources. I categorized theses sources as mechanical, thermal and electrical loads and formulated the total stress as follows: $$ \epsilon_{total} = ...
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Generalized Coulomb's Law

This question is about the generalization of Coulomb's law to continuous bodies of charge. The basic statement of Coulomb's Law involves two discrete charges $q_1$ an $q_2$: $$\vec{F}_i = \frac{1}{4 ...
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Electric potential due to circular disk

Relevant diagram is available here. The circular disk of radius $a$ lies in the $xy$ plane and carries surface charge density of $\sigma (s, \phi) = s^{2}cos\phi $, where $(s,\phi)$ are in ...
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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 ...