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Will the electrostatic force between two charges change if we place a metal plate between them?

If a thin metal plate is placed between two charges $+q$ and $+q$, will this cause a change in the electrostatic force acting on one charge due to another? What is the concept behind this? What will ...
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Physical intuition for quadrupole source

In his Theory of Vortex Sound M. S. Howe defines sources "mathematically" (i.e. dipole is a source that could be described as a vector and than there is proved that it's equivalent to a two point ...
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Current in discharging capacitor through fixed resistor?

In the textbook I'm using for physics it says that the charge left on the plates of a capacitor after time $t$, that is discharging through a fixed resistor, is $Q=Q_0e^{-t/\tau}$ where $\tau=RC$ is ...
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Charge present at the centroid of equilateral triangle

Three equal charges +Q each are placed on the vertices of an equilateral triangle. A charge +q is initially placed at the centre of the triangle. If this charge (+q) is slightly displaced towards a ...
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Electrostatic force has longer range than strong nuclear force?

In my revision guide it says that the electrostatic repulsion between protons in a nucleus has a longer (indefinite, actually) range than the strong nuclear force keeping the nucleons together. So I ...
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How can one explain the Kelvin Water drop experiment without assuming the container to already possess a positive charge?

Kelvin Water Dropper experiment refers to the electrostatic generator invented by Lord Kelvin, which uses falling water to generate a voltage by electrostatic induction occurring between ...
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What is space charge and how to calculate it?

I want to clarify the meaning of space charge. What I know is that the space charge is the total charge in a small region in space. I really confuse this in the ion beam context. Many text book says ...
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Electric force between charges in two different media

As far as I know, Coulomb's law of electrostatic force is applicable on two different charges situated in same medium. But if two individual charges are in different media (say one charge on a iron ...
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Question about particles in electric fields. Homework question

I am currently working on a homework question and I realized that I don't really understand some of the material that we covered so I hoped that you guys can help me clear up some misunderstandings. ...
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Why is the strong nuclear force > electrostatic repulsion?

In a nucleus there is a gravitational force between the nucleons and also electrostatic repulsion between the protons, and since electrostatic repulson >> gravitational attraction, it follows that ...
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Why can two (or more) electric field lines never cross?

The the title is self explanatory, I guess. Why can two (or more) electric field lines never cross?
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Uniformly charged sheet and metal rods

A friend of mine asked me a question. Suppose there are two metal rods which are placed in front of a uniformly charged non-conducting plane one after other with their length perpendicular to the ...
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Does Earth also move due to some electrostatic forces?

Does the earth experience some electrostatic forces due to other planets...which also make it move? My question is..whether the earth also moves due to electrostatic force of attraction or only due ...
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Dipoles and Potential Energy

I was pondering about electrostatics, particularly dipoles. How would one go about calculating the difference in potential energy of a dipole an arbitrary distance away from an arrangement of another ...
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Electric field in a conductor

Is it always true that the electric field in a conductor is zero? What would happen if I put a very big charge inside an ungrounded hollow conducting sphere like this image? The charges inside the ...
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Charging a capacitor (terminals)

When a battery is connected to a conductor electrons are repelled from the end of the conductor connected to the negative terminal of the battery and flow to the end of the conductor connected to the ...
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Need help on electric potential definition

I'm having trouble understanding electric potential. In my book it says "an electric force acts on a charge situated in an electric field." I understand this part. Then it goes on to say "If a charge ...
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electrostatics and magnetism

Let a square loop be placed in a uniform electric field in a position of stable equilibrium. Then, because of the electric field, if the electric field is in the rightward direction then a positive ...
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Understanding the differences and applications of some electrical equations

In preparing for the AP Physics 2 test tomorrow, (the first year this test is being offered, so this material is not easily searchable), I've been doing some reviewing of the equation sheet and trying ...
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Why does Hauksbee's electrostatic machine produce light?

I'm reading on the history of the discovery of electricity and the electron, and I've went from reading about Rutherford's gold leaf experiment all the way back to Francis Hauksbee's spinning glass ...
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How can I find the potential created by spherical capacitor with dielectric material?

If we have a spherical capacitor with inner radius or r1 and outer radius of r2, with charges (+/-)q on them and there is a dielectric material (with constant e) in between them with. What kind of a ...
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Numerically solving 2D poisson equation by FFT, proper units

The 2D Poisson equation is: (1)$$\frac{d^2\varphi(x,y)}{dx^2}+\frac{d^2\varphi(x,y)}{dy^2}=-\frac{\varrho(x,y)}{\epsilon_0\epsilon}$$ And in $k$-space it is in form of: (2)$$(k_x^2+k_y^2) ...
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Dielectric slab counter-intuitive formula?

For the calculation of force on one of the two equal(in magnitude, opposite in sign) point charges separated by $r$ with a dielectric slab of dielectric constant $K$ and width $d$ in between, the ...
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The definition of mutual capacitance

I am not sure I completely understand the definition of mutual capacitance. Let's say we have two conductors, $A$ and $B$, so that the following holds: Both conductors are isolated. $A$ is isolated ...
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Why doesn't a gaussian surface pass through discrete charges?

I have read that Gaussian surface cannot pass through discrete charges. Why is it so? I have even seen in application of Gauss' Law when we imagine a Gaussian Surface passing through a charge ...
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Graph of electric potential

In my AP physics guide the graph for electric potential (for a radial field, i.e. point charge) and gravitational potential (for radial field, i.e. point mass) slightly differ from each other and I ...
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The energy of electric interaction between these dipoles? [closed]

I'm a physics tutor. This is not a homework problem. I'm unable to solve this problem. The energy of electric interaction between these dipoles will be: Choose the correct answer from: I tried ...
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Electric field or static electric field around a plugged-in lamp cord (when lamp is not turned on)?

When an electrical cord from, say, a lamp, is plugged into an AC wall socket, I'm aware that an electric field forms around the entire length of the cord and even before the lamp switch is flipped on. ...
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Graph of energy stored in capacitor?

Question: In an experiment a capacitor is discharged through a constant current. Draw a graph of how the energy stored in the capacitor varies with time. The answer given is: But I seemed to get a ...
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How do electric field lines bend?

Electric field lines arise perpendicular to the surface of a conductor and travel away from + charges towards - charges. Is there a more complex and specified definition for these lines? Also why do ...
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Why the Amount of electric field generate from any small surface of a body is equal to the electric field generated from remaining surface left out?

Recently I just read one property of electrostatics which states that: The amount of electric field generate from any small surface is equal to the electric field generate from remaining surface ...
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Integrating Charged Bodies

Why is it possible to integrate charged bodies by first taking a small charge and adding more small charges around it? Wouldn't the similarly charged particles exert an immense amount of force on ...
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Electric potential at midpoint?

I understand that if you assume the field is uniform between R and S then you can use E=V/d to get E=(30-20)/(0.5)=20Vm^(-1), so the answer is C (which is correct according to the mark scheme). But ...
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Potential Energy of a Molecule

A generic problem asks that we find the total potential energy of a water molecule. Potential energy is given by $\Sigma \ kQ_{1}Q_{2}/r$ where $Q_{1}$ and $Q_{2}$ are the charges of any one bond ...
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Calculation & derivation of de-Broglie wavelength [duplicate]

How to calculate the de Broglie wavelength of an $\alpha$ particle that is accelerated through a potential difference of $V$ from rest.
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How does electrostatic force affect electronic devices?

How does electrostatic force generated by two seperate plates having opposite charges affect electronic devices? I know that magnetic fields have some harmful effects to electronic devices but I am ...
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Why does Hauksbee orb or a similar device produce light?

This essentially fits well to the question asked earlier but had to placed as a separate question... An interesting and detailed answer was provided. However, there are few points, originating from my ...
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Where does the smell of electrostatic charge come from?

Everybody knows you can produce electrostatic charge rubbing two different materials together. But have you ever smelt e.g. at the plastic after charging it? There actually is a distinct ...
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Earnshaw Theorem for ionic solids

Is a single molecule of sodium chloride (say) or a cluster of molecules of NaCl unstable, although macroscopically NaCl is in fact, stable? How can I reason this based on Earnshaw's theorem?
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Electric field and flux through a spherical surface inside an uneven hollow charge distribution

Consider a uniformly charged shell and two concentric spherical Gaussian surfaces $S_1$ and $S_2$. ($S_1$ radius is greater than charged shell and $S_2$ radius is less than that of charged shell.) We ...
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Charged particle inside a hole in a charged layer

The layer $-a\le x \le a$ is homogeneously charged with a electric charge density $\rho \gt 0$ and on the x-axis a thin hole is made. A particle with mass $m$ and charge $q \gt 0$ move on the ...
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Is there a difference between Electric and Electrostatic Field?

Is there a difference between Electric and Electrostatic Field? All I know is that they both represented with same law suppose we have a Charge placed at the Origin: ...
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Why the direction of dipole moment is from negative charge to positive charge?

An electric dipole moment is defined as $p = q\times 2d$. How to understand it physically? Why the direction of the electric dipole moment is from negative charge to positive charge?
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Electrostatic field in a vacuum

Can an electrostatic field, the direction of which is constant in space, but the magnitude varies in space, exist in a vacuum?
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Electric flux of a closed surface, $\Psi = Q $ or $\Phi =\int\vec{E}\cdot d\vec{A}$

I have problem with the equation of electric flux. I use one book of fundamental physics and another book of electromagnetic engineering; the two of them give different equations for electric flux. ...
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Electric Field and Neutral Objects

Due to electrostatic induction, when a charged object gets closer to a neutral object, sides of the neutral object can get charged. Thus, a charged object can attract a neutral object. However, is ...
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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 electric field perpendicular to every point on the surface of a conductor?

I am reading Berkeley Physics Course, Volume 2 (Electricity and Magnetism by Edward M. Purcell). I am in chapter $3$, page $92$, and the book discusses conductors. The following is from the book: ...
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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 ...