Electrostatics is concerned with the field and potential of stationary electrical charges and electric charge distributions. Problems are this type are almost exclusively concerned with mathematics of geometries using the inverse-square law.

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Energy of a charge inside spherical conducting shell

A point charge $q$ is at the center of an uncharged conducting spherical shell of finite thickness, with inner and outer radii $a$ and $b$ respectively. Find the work done on the system when $q$ is ...
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Question on conduction

I already know that a charged polyethylene plastic (done by rubbing it with paper) can be used to attract a cardboard. Now, can I 'charge' the cardboard by touching it with the plastic? Supposedly, ...
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Why does dust stick to rotating fan propeller?

Why does dust stick to rotating fan propeller? Intuitively, most people (including I) think of the dust will not stick to rotating fan propellers. EDIT 1: Thank you for the great explanations. I am ...
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Electric Potential-can anyone give the concept behind this?

Three points A, B and C lie in a uniform electric field (E) of 5 x 103 NC-1 as shown in the figure. Find the potential difference between A and C. I think there is some trick? How can the pd ...
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Electric field and insulator or dielectric

I have a uniform electric field $E$ projected from left to right and I placed an insulator or dielectric right in the middle of it. To the left of the insulator, the $E$ is the original $E$. Inside ...
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Electrostatic Potential-I tried many times ,but failed

A positive charge Q is placed at point O. Is the potential difference (Va-Vb) positive,negative,or zero,if Q is (i)positive,(ii)negative? Can anyone give the concept behind this?
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Derivation of a work done by forces on charge

Feynman claims is his lectures the following statement: Suppose we have two charges $q_1$ and $q_2$ separated by the distance $r_{12}$. There is some energy in the system, because a certain ...
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How does the force between two charges becomes zero?

In case of Coulombs law, $$ F=k\frac{q_1q_2}{d^2} $$ So, if $F=0$, then $q_1q_2$ must be 0. Is this true?
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Why the electric field $\vec{E}$ is constant (=position independent) for an infinite 2D sheet of constant charge?

So I'm reading a text on electricity and it talks about using the integral to compute the total charge of a collection of points, which I mostly understand. But then we get to finding the electric ...
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Laplace equation vs Gauss theorem

Two concentric conducting spherical shells of radii $a_1$ and $a_2$ ($a_2>a_1$), are charged to potentials $φ_1$ and $φ_2$, respectively. Determine the electric potential and field in the ...
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Why potential energy of a dipole in an electric field has a negative sign?

In the following equation $$V = -\mathbf{P}\cdot \mathbf{E}$$ why I have to take Potential Energy as negative. Is there any simple reason behind this ? I am preparing for my high school ...
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How does the dieletric displacement change among two dieletric materials?

Here's a question I am working on. "A sphere of linear dielectric material with permittivity $\epsilon_1$ and radius $a$ is surrounded by an infinite region of linear permittivity $\epsilon_2$. In the ...
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Usage of Poisson's equation?

I revisited electrostatics and I am now wondering what the big fuzz about Poisson's equation $$\nabla^2 \phi = -\frac{\rho}{\varepsilon_0}$$ is. Wiki says One of the cornerstones of electrostatics ...
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Charging a metallic sphere positive by induction

Bring a negatively charged rod close to a metallic sphere placed on a insulated stand. As the rod is brought close to the sphere, the free electrons in the sphere move away due to repulsion and ...
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Relation between electric field and dipole moment

I want to show the following equality $$\int_{\left|\vec{r}\right|<R}d^3r\vec{E}\left(\vec{r}\right)=-\frac{\vec{p}}{3\epsilon_0}$$ where $\vec{p}$ is the dipole moment of a charge distribution ...
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Influence of a Capacitance Matrix of a voltage measurment

I am having a problem in understanding how in a multiconductor system the Capacitance Matrix influences the measure of voltage between two electrodes. In the case that interest me we have 4 ...
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electrostatic force vs gravitational force [duplicate]

I have question regarding the forces caused by electrostatic charges and gravity. From the explanation here in the link just by existing an object with mass distorts space-time. Will there be a ...
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How does the Triboelectric effect work? [duplicate]

The general description for the Triboelectric effect (the main cause of static electricity in everyday life) is that when two certain materials come into contact, electrons are transferred between ...
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Finding energy stored in a capacitor

i am given a voltage time graph for a capacitor circuit. How to find energy stored in that capacitor at various time instants? Can we just calculate by using $\frac{1}{2}CV^2$ We are given capacitance ...
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Explaining the current flow of the positive shunt clipper (diodes)

I am currently studying clippers or parallel limiters in the Navy and I was wondering if someone could clear up a few things for me. Here is a picture that fits my description: A clipper has a ...
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Human between capacitor plates

I was wondering what would happen if we were to put a person between two ideal capacitor plates such that electric field between plates is for example $10^{10} \frac{V}{m}$ and the plates are at a ...
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Taylor expansion of an integral in spherical co-ordinates

I've some difficulty deriving this equation from Jackson electrodynamics (The equation after 1.30) $$\nabla^2 \Phi_a\left({\textbf{x}}\right)=-\frac{1}{\epsilon_0}\int_{0}^{R} ...
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Where's the energy in a boosted capacitor?

Suppose I look at a parallel plate capacitor in its rest frame and calculate the electrostatic energy, $E$. Next, I look at the same capacitor in a primed frame boosted in the direction perpendicular ...
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Forces between charged particle

I am given two charged particle of same charge at distance of $r$ , they initially apply force of magnitude $F$ now infinite dielectric(of constant 4) of width $\frac{r}{2}$ is introduced between ...
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Tranverse electromagnetic waves

TEM waves do not exist in waveguide. Is this the correct explanation- Both curl and divergence of TEM are zero inside the waveguide and because of the boundary conditions (electric field zero at every ...
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Why capacitance is given as constant value in Farads, and not as max charge in Coulombs?

The equation for capacitance is $Q=CV$ or $V={1\over C}Q$. I don't understand what is the physical meaning of this "$C$": Does the charge in a system changes linearly with voltage under all ...
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What are the consequences of connecting a non-ideal conductor to a battery in open loop?

Suppose I have a battery with $\Delta V=5[\mathrm{V}]$. Now I connect a piece of a metal wire to the "+" side of the battery only. Let's assume that the ambient air is not conductive at all: Are ...
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Phase difference between incident plane wave incident on a dipole and radiation fields from dipole

i have an incident plane wave and a dipole, consider that plane wave incident on dipole. at this moment what happens to dipole? We know that after incident of plane wave on dipole, the radiation has ...
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electrostatics particle charging

When ash particles are charged negatively ( corona charging, ionization, tribo electric ) and then collected on to the fabric; particles arrange themselves in porous dendritic structure whereas ...
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Magnitude of Electric field vector on the axis of a conducting half sphere

I need to calculate the electric field of a conducting half-sphere shell ( just the outer shell, it has no base ) of a radius $a$ and surface charge density $\sigma$ on the arbitrary point on axis ...
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Why can you make two repelling positively charged rods touch? Shouldn't the Coulomb force become infinite?

For a physics lab on the Triboelectric effect, we rubbed two rods with fur which gave both of them a positive charge. We then brought them close together, and they obviously repelled. We then held ...
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Using Coulomb's law to solve for a continuous charge distribution [closed]

I have been trying to evaluate this specific integral and have been completely stuck. $$\frac{1}{4\pi \epsilon_0} \int^L_0 \frac{2\lambda z}{(x^2+z^2)^\frac{3}{2}}dx.$$ I am a freshman and have been ...
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Why does energy rise in a constant voltage capacitor after inserting a dielectric?

For example from this link: http://te.fisica.edu.uy/fuerza_en_Capacitor.pdf we can deduce, that the work the electric field inside a constant-voltage capacitor does during the insertion of a ...
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Find quantity of electricity of two circular faces

So, there are two circular conductive sheets with quantities of electricity of Q and -Q. If I know that the distance d between them is 0.002 meters and their radius is 0.1m and the voltage between ...
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Physical interpretation related to a non-linear partial differential equation

I am doctoral student in pure mathematics working on a particular problem. My question is if this problem has applications to real world phenomena. I will try to explain the direct problem starting ...
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discharging static

Quick question, if you have a buildup of static charge causing sheets of paper to stick together, can you have a grounding foil touching the paper to dissipate the charge to prevent pages from ...
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Electric field at a point [closed]

We consider a thin disk whose center is $O$ and radius is $R$, which has an electric surface charge density of $\sigma$. We want to find the expression of the electric field $\vec{E}$ at a point ...
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Electric field and potential between two charges [closed]

There are two point charges on the $x$ axis and $x'$ is a place where the potential, relative to infinity, is the biggest. Why is the electric field zero at this point?
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Calculate electric field without using Gauss law

Given a uniformly charged sphere ( total charge $5 nC$ ) of radius $R=10 cm$, write the equation of electric field vector for any distance $r (r > R)$ from sphere center and calculate total ...
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Electric field in a “concave” conductor

I am aware that the electrons are distributed across charged conductor surface so that the areas with smaller radius of curvature have more charge per surface area. But what happens when the ...
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Quadrupole potential generation in Paul traps

I am currently getting familiar with the concept of the Paul trap and the underlying physical principles. I do understand what kind of potentials are needed to trap charged particles, e.g. for the 3D ...
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Calculate the flux of a point charge with Gauss's law

I know from my class that to calculate the flux of a point charge with Gauss's law, I have to make a surface that intersects with all of the flux lines resulting from the charge, and then make this ...
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Addition of forces in dielectric material

In this paper (page 2 of document) it is said that: Because this calculated force was comparable to the gravitational force, they assumed that the same would be true for the forces on a ...
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Finding voltage between two points in space

If electric field vector is defines as : $\vec{E} = \frac{V_0x^2}{a^3} \vec{i_x} + \frac{V_0y}{a^2} \vec{i_y} $ where $V_0 $ and $a$ are known constants, $\vec{i_x}$ and $\vec{i_y}$ unit vectors of ...
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Electric Field Resulting from a Conductor

In preparation for an upcoming exam, I've been attempting to visualize the electric field produced by a conductor in a variety of situations. I asked myself the following question and attempted to ...
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The “classical radius” of the electron [closed]

According to one theory, the mass m of the electron arises simply as a consequence of the electrostatic energy of its electric field, through Einstein's famous expression ε=mc^2, where ε is the field ...
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Net Electric Field of Multiple Charges [closed]

Question: Four charges, each of magnitude +Q are placed at the corners of a square of side a. Obtain an expression for the electric potential at the centre of the square and at the mid point of one ...
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How does EM radition depend on the reference frame?

In special relativity, magnetism is electrostatics in a different reference frame. This is how we explain the magnetic field being produced by moving charges (aka currents). Charges that move produce ...
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Show the equivalence of two electrostatic energy

$$U = \frac{1}{2}\iint_{all space}^{ } \frac{\rho(1)\rho(2)}{4\pi\epsilon_{0}r_{12}}dV_{1}dV_{2} $$ and $$U = \frac{\epsilon_{0}}{2}\int_{allspace}^{ } \vec{E} \cdot \vec{E} dV.$$ In the left ...
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Why is Energy = Voltage x Charge, and how to prove that?

As you know the equation $\mathbf{E=V\times Q}$. Where: $\mathbf E$ is the energy measured in joules, $\mathbf V$ is potential difference (Voltage), $\mathbf Q$ is the charge. So my qustion is: ...