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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Which charge value to use and Why [closed]

$1\mu C=10^{-6}C$ vs $e=1.60\times10^{-19}C$. I am having trouble understanding when to use for $q$, $10^{-6}C$ or $1.60\times10^{-19}C$. I had a problem where $a=Eq/m$. I don't know which value of a ...
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What would happen if…? (Scenarios involving a ball in an electric field) [closed]

First I shall define two table tennis balls: Ball $A$ is coated with a conducting material and ball $B$ is an insulator. Then I'll define two scenarios: Scenario $I$ is a ball held from a ...
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electric field inside a conductor?

We have studied so far that electric field inside a conductor if no charge is placed inside is zero. But we know that every conductor has only a limited number of electrons. What happens when ALL the ...
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Finding out the Potential difference

Find the potential inside and outside a uniformly charged solid sphere whose radius is $R$ and whose total charge is $q$. Use infinity as your reference point. Compute the gradient of $V$ in each ...
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Potential generated by a hollow sphere with a hole

The sphere has radius $R$ and is missing its "pole" - meaning that in the area $\theta\leq\alpha$ there is nothing. The object has a homogenous charge density $\sigma=\frac{Q}{\pi R^2}$ I'm trying to ...
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Charge Image Problem: Work done on charges on the plate

Assume there is an infinite grounded conducting plane in the $xy$-plane. Assume also that a point charge is being brought slowly from $z=\infty$ to $z=z_0$, slowly enough that the problem is treated ...
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Why is the Poisson - Boltzmann equation not suitable for high potential?

The Poisson - Boltzmann equation is to find the potential whose charge density obey the Boltzmann distribution. If the potential is not large compare to $k_BT$, the PBE can lead to the Debye–Hückel ...
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Meaning of “Grounded”

In my opinion, "grounded" means having the same potential as the potential at infinity, which is usually set to zero. Now if we consider a conductor inside a uniform electric field, what is the ...
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Electric Field at surface/side of cylinder [closed]

I know I can use Gauss's law to find the Electric Field inside and outside the cylinder very easily. We can select Gaussian surfaces for different cases (i.e. $r \lt R$ and $r \gt R$, where $R$ is the ...
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Capacitance: How to increase total charge drawn from a battery?

I can't seem to find any information about how parallel capacitors or capacitors in a series affect how much a capacitor can charge, not in my textbook or online. Here is the question I am trying to ...
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Questions regarding rubbing catfur on glass

I have certain questions regarding the electrostatic charge developed by this rubbing effects: 1-what is the threshold for electrostatic charges by this process? 2-can we define potential energy ...
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Where are exactly the charges of charged capacitor?

If a capacitor is connected to a battery and is charged, are there charges inside the wires or do they just accumulate on the surfaces of capacitor?
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Electric field of a dipole

I'm trying to find the electric field due to an electric dipole $\mathbf{d}$. There are plenty of approaches to doing this online, but I want to do it "my way," which doesn't seem to be working (and I ...
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What do we mean exactly by the positive/negative charges in cathode and anode?

In batteries, what exactly do we mean by negative and positive charges? My understanding is that the negative charge of the anode is basically an atom with an extra electron in the last orbital and a ...
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Integration over $S^2$ in electrostatics

I'm studying for a test in electrostatics and I'm always failing on putting up the correct integrals. In one problem I have the surface of a sphere with radius $a$ and an opening angle of $2\theta$. ...
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Method of images tutorial?

I'm having an exam in Electrodynamics soon. I think I have most of it under control, but the method of images I'm not quite sure about. There is not much in my book about, so I was thinking some of ...
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Electromagnetic energy with P and M

In many books, for a linear dielectric medium in which we have Maxwell's equations and the relationships $${\mathbf D}=\varepsilon({\mathbf x}){\mathbf E}$$ and $${\mathbf B}=\mu({\mathbf ...
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What will happen when “earthing” is not an option?

I know that earth has a very high capacitance (of about 711$\mu$F) and it would take a lot of time for this but since we earth almost all our appliances for safety, wouldnt one day come when earth ...
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Delta Dirac Charge Density question

I have to write an expression for the charge density $\rho(\vec{r})$ of a point charge $q$ at $\vec{r}^{\prime}$, ensuring that the volume integral equals $q$. The only place any charge exists is at ...
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Is there a way to induce a net negative electric charge in an electrically conductive material, and If not why?

From what I've been reading, moving electrons don't compress relative to the protons within the atom, For reasons that I'm having difficulty understanding. Seeing that this is the case I would like to ...
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Electric field of half a wire

I am trying to calculate the electric field of a half wire in polar coordinates. At $y=R$ is a wire going from $-\infty$ to $0$ with charge density $\rho$. I want to calculate the electric field at ...
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Why is the void devoid of an electric field?

For a region devoid of charge, maxwell's equation yields $\nabla \cdot \mathbf{E} = 0$ which still allows a constant field. So why is in electrostatics for the vacuum always $\mathbf{E} = 0$ assumed? ...
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Why the electric field inside a conductor is zero? [duplicate]

In electromagnetism books, such as Griffiths or the like, when they talk about the properties of conductors in case of electrostatics they say that the electric field inside a conductor is zero.
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Electric potential of spherical water droplet [closed]

I'm trying to answer the following: 1000 spherical water droplets, each of radius $r$ and each carrying a charge $q$, coalesce to form a single bigger spherical drop. If $v$ is the electric ...
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Coulomb force in SI and cgs

Coulomb force in SI is $ F = \frac{Q1*Q2}{4\pi\varepsilon R^{2}} $ while in CGS $ F = \frac{Q1*Q2}{R^{2}} $ why is it? I mean doesn't it any make difference in dimension? since $ \varepsilon $ ...
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How do we make symmetry assumptions rigorous?

I have, for instance, a problem with a spherically symmetric charge distribution. I deduce here, in order to solve the problem easily, that the corresponding electric field must be symmetric. How is ...
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Can two electrons never touch each other?

The Coulomb's force is given by $$ F = {k q^2 \over r^2} $$ When $ r \rightarrow 0 $, $ F \rightarrow \infty $ Does this mean two electrons never touch each other?
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Infinite chain of alternating charge

The problem There is an infinite chain (1d) of alternating charges that are in a distance a from each other. That is there is one charge +q and next to it -q and so on. Now calculate how much work it ...
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Jackson equation 2.9; How to derive it?

I wanted to understand the derivation of Jackson's equation (2.9) that you can find here on page 31 (50/661) from the potential given earlier. This equation is written as: $$ ...
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Gaussian surface and and Gauss law

Can we consider a cube as a Gaussian surface, for a point charge located at its center.since,Gaussian surface is a closed surface which has a constant electric field but in this case the both the ...
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A dielectric sphere in an initially uniform electric field and representation theory of SO(3)

I learned recently that the highest order spherical harmonic required to represent the spatial distribution of decay products of a particle can be used to determine its spin, by using arguments ...
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What are eigenfunctions in a box which includes two kinds of medium?

I have to solve a problem of mathematical physics. There is a simple case which can inspire me to solving a more complex case. Considering a metal box in 2D $0<x<a$ and $0<y<b$. And ...
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The force on an infinite line of charge perpendicular to a on a rod of charge

Essentially the question is to calculate the force exerted by a charged rod perpendicular to an infinite line of charge: $\vec{F}_{\text{rod}\rightarrow \text{line}} =\dots$ My question is it okay to ...
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Simulate / plot electrostatic field

I have something like this: For given voltage (9 V red wire, 0 V blue wire) I want to simulate electrostatic field. I already know, for example that in the point (10.5;0) there are 10 V and etc. I ...
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What are electromagnetic fields made of?

I am trying to understand electromagnetic fields so I have two question related to them. What is a electromagnetic field made of? Is it made of photons / virtual photons? How about a static electric ...
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Boundary conditions of this problem

We have A point charge, a homogeneously charged insulator with total charge $Q''$ which is a ball with radius $R$, a conducting metal ball with charge $Q'$, radius $R$ and a grounded metal (no ...
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Find the points where potential is null

Let's say we have two charges called $q_1$ and $q_2$, respectively $20 \, C$ and $-40\,C$, at a distance $d=1\,m$ We want to find all the points where electric potential is null. I solved the ...
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A little question about Gauss' Law

So I've just learned Gauss' Law a few days ago. I also worked out some applications of Gauss' Law. But I have a little confusion. In a couple of books that I referred, I found a statement that I don't ...
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What is the first non-vanishing multipole moment of this configuration?

Imagine that you have a triangle where each side has the length $a$ and a charge $q$ sitting at every vertex. Additionally, we have a charge $-3q$ sitting in the center of the triangle. What is the ...
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Coulomb & Electric Fields (Highschool Physics)

If an electric field is said to have a strength of $10^{-15} N/C$, what does this mean? N is Newtons, C is coulomb - I'm not sure how they link? So then I am asked to calculate the force on the ...
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Electric field energy

Is it true that $\int_V \rho \phi $ is the equation for the energy of a charge distribution in an external potential and $\frac{1}{2} \int_V \rho \phi$ is the equation for the energy of a charge ...
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Electric Field due to a disk of charge. (Problem in derivation)

This might be a really silly question, but I don't understand it. In finding the electric field due to a thin disk of charge, we use the known result of the field due to a ring of charge and then ...
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Gauss’s Law inside the hollow of charged spherical shell

Use Gauss’s Law to prove that the electric field anywhere inside the hollow of a charged spherical shell must be zero. My attempt: $$\int \mathbf{E}\cdot \mathbf{dA} = \frac{q_{net}}{e}$$ $$\int E ...
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How to find the electric field due to a point charge in 3 dimensions?

A point charge with charge $+q$ is situated at $(x,y,z)$. How do I find the electric field at $(p,q,r)$? $E=k\frac{q}{r^2}$, right? So why isn't the electric field, ...
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Is the Earth negatively or positively charged?

The Earth carries a negative electric charge of roughly 500 thousand Coulombs. Does that mean the Earth is negatively charged?
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Solving non-linear ODE for divalent solution at a 1-D surface boudary

I am trying to solve the following equation for a positively charged plane with charge density $\sigma$ at $z = 0$. $$ \phi''(z)=-\frac{e}{\epsilon \epsilon_0} \big(z_+n_{+} e^{-\beta z_+ ...
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Green function two solutions questions

I am having some trouble with Green functions in electrostatics What is the meaning of this trick: Given $$\vec{\nabla}^2 V(\vec{r}) = \frac{-1}{\varepsilon_0}\rho(\vec{r}) = ...
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Earnshaw's theorem for extended conducting bodies

I read on Wiki that Earnshaw's theorem has been proven for extended conducting bodies. If we consider the case of a positive charge at the centre of a symmetric metal cavity- the positive charge and ...
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Why don't the leaves of an electrometer repel each other in water?

A normal electrometer filled with air will repel like it should do for electrostatic demonstration, but what if it is filled with water instead or even oil, what will happen? My guess is that the ...
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Stopping an isolated metal ion

If we obtain something like a single isolated hydrogen atom I.e. $H^+$ is it possible by keeping it in a system of charged rings to contain and stop it at the centre of the system? Any positively ...