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Green function solutions in electrostatics

I have a conducting plate on $x$-$y$ plane. So I have a boundary condition at $z=0$ $\Phi=0$ but, for $z>0$ I have a point charge at z=a which is expected to create a potential. $$ ...
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Two capacitor plates with equal positive charges $q$

I read in a book that if both the plates of a parallel plate capacitor are given equal positive charges $q$, then the charges on the facing surfaces will be zero and the charge on the outer surfaces ...
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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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How can electric field representation be obtained from Enge representation using Maxwell's equations?

Suppose we have a long electric capacitor. Let $L$ be its length ($z$ coordinate), $W$ its width ($y$ coordinate), and $D$ its full height (full aperture; $x$ coordinate). Let $L\gg W\gg D$. The ...
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potential inside a cylindrical shell in terms of the surface potential?

Given a potential distribution $V(\phi)$ at the surface of an infinite cylindrical shell, is there an easy way to derive the potential inside the cylinder. No charges or currents anywhere.
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Why can't electrostatic field lines form closed loops?

My physics textbook says "Electrostatic field lines do not form closed loops. This is a consequence of the conservative nature of electric field." But I can't quite understand this. Can anyone ...
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Paradox in electrostatics in relation to Gaussian surfaces?

I have encountered something that is very confusing. My problem is this. I am assuming two infinite cubical Gaussian surfaces sharing a common side. One of the cubes contains a charge $q_1$ at a ...
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Electric potential vs potential difference

What is the difference between electric potential and potential difference? In our course book, they are given as separate topics but their definition is given the same.
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How can I use volume charge density to find charge density constant knowing charge Q

I have an insulating sphere of radius R that has a total charge Q. It is distributed as $\rho$= $\rho_0*r^4$. I know that the charge is equal to Q and I'm trying to solve for $\rho_0$. I've tried to ...
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Electromagnetism and static electricity

What is the difference between electromagnetism and static electricity? Also electromagnetic waves are mediated by photons , what mediates static electricity?
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Static electricty and fields inside of the conductor?

I have a few related questions about static electricity and conductors. 1. when we say static electric field inside a conductor is zero, let us take an example of two concentric conductors, outer one ...
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Potential due to infinite plate carrying a finite charge

I've solved many problems where something is grounded and you've to figure out the charge distribution. The general strategy is to set the potential of the grounded thing equal to zero and solve. ...
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Electrostatic Pressure Concept

There was a Question bothering me. I tried solving it But couldn't So I finally went up to my teacher asked him for help . He told me that there was a formula for Electrostatic pressure ...
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Is the charge distribution for an electric field unique?

If the electric field and boundary conditions are known exactly for a region of space, is it true that there exists only one charge distribution in that region of space that could have produced it? ...
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What are some open problems in classical electrodynamics? [duplicate]

I am about to finish reading 'Introduction to Electrodynamics' by David Griffiths. Throughout the textbook, Griffiths makes frequent references to current literature (mostly articles from American ...
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How can a potential step be modelled?

a potential step is given by function $V(x) = V_o, x\geq 0$ and $V(x) = 0, x\leq 0$ Using the relation $- \frac{dV}{dx} = \vec E$ I take the negative derivative of this function, i'll get ...
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Defining the region in Laplace's equation

1) Consider a sphere S centered at the origin O, where a charge q is present. Is Laplace's equation applicable in the region S? No, right? 2)This is where I go crazy.... Instead of considering the ...
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What is the potential field of an ion near the Bohr radius?

I figure that at large enough distances, the potential field of an ion is just the Coulomb potential for its net charge. But what happens at scales comparable to the ion's Bohr radius? Could there be, ...
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What's the Relation between Potential of mechanics and electricity?

As we know that for a conservative force field, there is associated a Potential with the force. But we know there is a potential in electricity (That's voltage). My question is that is there any ...
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Electric field and charge density outside two coaxial cylinders

I am working on a problem of electrostatics, and I am having troubles in trying to figure out one part of it. It consists of an inner solid cylinder of radius $a$ with a voltage $V_A$, and an outer ...
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Accelerating an electron to a high speed

Suppose there are two vertical metal plates. They are separated apart by a small distance. While one is grounded, the other one has a potential of some $V$. Now suppose electrons are produced at the ...
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Resistance of a cylinder contacted by two smaller circular faces

Suppose we have a solid homogeneous cylinder with radius $a$, heigth $h$ and conductivity $\sigma$. The top and the bottom face is contacted with a smaller circular face with radius $b$. How can I ...
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Proof that the electric field is conservative

I was told a proof that the electric field was conservative (without using $\nabla$) which used a point charge and showed the following: $$w.d.=\int_c{\vec F \cdot \mathrm{d} \vec l}=\int_c{\vec ...
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Anyone know of a flow chart or list of common/useful consequences of Maxwell's equations?

I just recently started to appreciate the Maxwell equations. I had never really take the time to study them but I feel like I'm finally more familiar with them. I've noticed that it seems like a lot ...
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Electric Flux - What is the point?

Electric flux is a defined quantity that is proportional to the no. of field lines passing through a given area element for a given electric field. It is not proportional to the relative density of ...
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Why are trampolines more likely to give you a static shock when it is sunny?

It could just be in my head but I have noticed that I am more likely to get a static shock from my tramp when it is sunny than when it is not sunny. Is there a reason for this?
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Is it equivalent to derive Gauss's law from discrete and continuous source distributions?

I've seen two derivations for Gauss's law in electrostatics. The first assumes a discrete charge distribution, the second a continuous one: Use superposition $$\vec{E}=\sum_{i=1}^n\vec{E}_i,$$ so ...
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Plastic and Iron - static and magnetic

I'm wondering if when you have a ball that is made out of plastic but has an inner core of metal. Would that ball if given friction produce static? Or would the static from the outerside of the ...
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How can I split a resultant force into its $x$ and $y$ components?

Point charge 3.5μC is located at x = 0, y = 0.30 m, point charge -3.5μC is located at x = 0 y = -0.30 m. What are (a)the magnitude and (b)direction of the total electric force that these charges ...
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Electric Flux through cube from point charge

"A point charge is located at the origin. Calculate the flux of E through a cube centered on the origin and aligned with the Cartesian axes. Evaluate the surface integral directly and verify that the ...
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What keeps electrons on a negatively-charged conductor from leaving?

Imagine a negatively charged conductor in a vacuum. The excess electrons will be spread out over the surface such that the net electric field inside the conductor is zero. What keeps these extra ...
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Why does excess of charge in an isolated conductor move to the surface?

A remark in my textbook goes as follows: "If an excess charge is placed on an isolated conductor, that amount of charge will move entirely to the surface of the conductor. None of the excess charge ...
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Charge outside Gaussian Surface doesn't contribute to Flux?

I roughly understand the explanation for this: any electric field line that enters the surface, must leave it, since field lines can't terminate abruptly in space. My question is, what if you have a ...
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Is work needed to bring a test charge from a higher potential to a lower potential?

I don't understand whether work is needed to bring a test charge from a higher potential to a lower potential. It seems that no work is needed because the positive test charge will be under the ...
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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 ...
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Calculating flux of axisymmetric electric field through a sphere [closed]

The following problem and its solution is taken from I. E. Irodov's book basic laws of electromagnetism : I do not understand how the fact that field is axisymmetric leads to the conclusion that ...
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Finding potential of conducting sphere coated by a dielectric shell

An uncharged conducting sphere of radius $a$ is coated with a thick insulating shell (dielectric constant $\epsilon_r$ out to radius $b$. This object is now placed in an otherwise uniform electric ...
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What is the essential concept behind the difference in the fundamental solutions of the Stokes and Poisson equations?

The fundamental solutions, i.e., the solution with a point source, of the Poisson's equation and the Stokes equations in 3D are: $$\nabla^2 f=\delta(\boldsymbol x) \ \Longrightarrow\ G(\boldsymbol ...
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Rigorous proof of Gauss' law for an arbitrary charge distribution from Coulomb's law

Most of the books about electromagnetism prove Gauss' law for a point charge in vacuum: $$ \Phi = \int_{\Sigma} \mathbf{E} \centerdot d \mathbf{S} = q/\epsilon_0 $$ and then simply state that for ...
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Relativity Paradox involving two charged particles

Suppose there are two charged particles separated by some distance $d$ both with an equal positive charge of $q$. The particles also have equal masses of $m$. $m$ and $q$ are chosen so the ...
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Can a charge moving in an open trajectory qualify as current?

It is sometimes said that a point charge is equivalent to an electric current. If it were a steady current, I should be able to find it from Ampere’s law or Biot-Savart’s law. Even if the current is ...
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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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Using Electric Potential to Float an Object

I've been trying to answer the following question but I'm stuck at one step. The question essentially states that a magician is trying to perform a "floating objects" act, for which she has a thin ...
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Energy density in electrostatics

Imagine two hollow spheres with radius $R$ with charges $q$ and $-q$. $L>2R$ is distance between them. Potential energy of the each sphere is \begin{equation*} W_1=\frac 1{8\pi \epsilon_0}\frac ...
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How should I interpret the math in showing that the potential difference and the emf in an ideal battery are the same?

I was reading Griffiths' Introduction to Electrodyamics where he says that in order to have the same current through out a circuit there are two force per unit charges acting on the circuit, $f=f_s+E$ ...
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Divergence of a vector field, going through the math [closed]

The example I'm working on has this given identity: $\bigtriangledown \cdot \mathbf{\bar{r}}=3$. The question is: find the divergence of a vector field $\bar{\mathbf{E}}=\frac{\mathbf{r}}{r^{3}}$. ...
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Why does charge build up at the boundary surface of two media?

On a homework problem, we are asked to to use the first two Maxwell equations, $$\nabla\cdot \mathbf{B} = 0$$ $$\nabla \cdot \mathbf{D} = \rho$$ to show that along the boundary surface of two ...
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Energy density what volume?

In a derivation of energy density for an electric field (see here) We get rid of the $$\epsilon_0\oint(V \vec E \cdot d\vec a)$$ term by choosing a surface sufficiently far away so that this term ...
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Is it inevitable to compute the quadruople tensor in components? Why? [closed]

I was trying to determine the quadrupole tensor for a given charge distribution in one go from this equation: $$\overleftrightarrow{D}=\int d^3r \varrho(\vec{r})\left(3\vec{r} \circ ...
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Motion of charge particle under electric and gravitational fields

I am working on one experiment in which the charged particle falls under the effect of gravity and passes through the electric field in between. I want to know what is the charge of the particle? ...