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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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Draw the charge configuration according to the electric field [closed]

I'm trying to draw the charge configuration outside the regions that lead to the given electric field patterns. Can someone show me how?
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Will charges redistribute on the surface of an insulator?

When I shot an electron beam onto an insulator, electrons will be knocked out of the material, leaving an immobile positive charge at their place. Some of the knocked out electrons might manage to ...
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Laplace's equation with spherical, cylindrical, and planar symmetry [closed]

Find the general solution to Laplace's equation for spherical symmetry (everything can only depend on $r$, the radius), cylindrical symmetry (everything can only depend on $s$, the radius), and ...
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How does a battery work?

How does the positive terminal of the battery attract electrons? Does the electric field emitted by the positive terminal attract the electrons?
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Electron electric field

As we know the fundamental unit of charge in our universe at the time of electrodynamics was an electron, and in any frame of reference, its radius is a finite number and assuming uniform charge ...
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Relationship between surface density and volume density

Often in an E&M problem, I'm having to "chop" an extended object into an infinite sum of smaller extended objects which I know more about to find a potential or electric field or whatever. The ...
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How does one determine the breakdown voltage of a solid-in-liquid suspension?

So I'm doing a project in which we are supposed to collect micro-scale conducting metal particles from a suspension of it in water (which is deionized). Suppose that I am charging the particles ...
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Gauss's Law :Electric field due to uniformly charged sphere

While determining the electric field due to a uniformly charged conducting or non-conducting sphere,does the sphere is considered hollow or it is considered solid? Can anyone really state , what is ...
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What is the minimum distance between two opposite point charges

In an overly simplistic model if I have a single negative charge, and a single positive charge they will be attracted. I expect they will fly together. Click. Good luck getting them apart. The ...
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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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Net Electrostatic Field inside a Conductor is $\vec{0}$

I've heard an explanation for this, and my professor wasn't really able to clarify my questions, so I was hoping someone could help: Suppose there is an electrostatic field $\vec{E_{net}}\ne\vec{0}$, ...
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Would the charges on a superconductor near an another charged conductor move and produce magnetic field?

When there is a charged conducting object near an another charged conducting object the charges on these objects accumulate to the sides where the closest points between these objects are. However, ...
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Electrohydrodynamics: How will electric potential develop in a fluid when potential is applied from ends

Lets say, I have a fluid in a rectangular enclosure (2D). I apply electric potential $U=U_1$ at left boundary and $U_2$ at right boundary. In the lower and upper boundaries, the potential varies ...
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Gauss's Law :To find the Electric Field for a Non-Conducting Sphere

While determining the electric field in a Non-Conducting Sphere using Gauss's law,why the positive charges are considered inside the surface,but in determining the electric field in a conducting ...
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What is the difference between electric charge and electric flux?

What is the difference between electric charge and electric flux? According to my knowledge electric flux is nothing but electric charge enclosed by the closed surface.
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Is it necessary for EM fields to be dependent & co-exist in static conditions?

I was having a discussion today with one my colleagues in the lab about the independence and co-existence of EM fields.$$$$ My argument: In time-varying fields: EM fields are necessary dependent, ...
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Nuclear fission difference in energy calculation?

If you have a uranium atom of radius $10^{-14}m$ that undergoes fission into two fragments each with 46 protons and radius $8\times10^{-15}m$. There are two ways you can calculate the electrostatic ...
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Charge distribution over a finite plate

Let's say we have a tube(simply a cylinder with no top or bottom) with charge $q_1$, radius $r_1$ and length $l_1$ made out of insulating material. There is also a finite conducting plate with sides' ...
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Distribution of energy in an electric and magnetic field

Are the energy of the electric field and the energy of the magnetic field concentrated on their sources OR are they scattered in the environment where the fields arent zero? What is the formula that ...
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Find net force on a mass centered between four other masses

I'm not going to post the full question, I just want a general idea of how I should go about solving this type of problem. There is a square with 4 charged masses on each of the corners, in the ...
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Capacitance changes by a factor of 3 or 9?

This is an example problem with solution in a book I am reading on electrostatics. "We have two square parallel plate capacitors with length $a$ and separation $d$ with $d<<a$. If we triple ...
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Electric Field of a sphere

Is there a point in space where the electric field is half of the electric field on the surface of the sphere? I just got curious if it would be possible.
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How do we conclude that polarized dielectric in electric field reduces overall field?

If we have a dielectric inside an electric field, the dipoles in the dielectric will align in the following direction due to the torque on them by the external field. The conclusion then is that ...
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protons and electrons

I am a novice in physics and a few things are not clear to me in electromagnetism: Consider the experiment of giving a piece of metal positive charge (which I assume consists of protons), by keeping ...
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How is electric field strength related to potential difference?

I was looking at the derivation of drift velocity of free electrons in a conductor in terms of relaxation time of electrons. Here a metallic conductor XY of length $\ell$ is considered and having ...
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Is the charge of an ion evenly distributed?

This question relates to: Gauss' law and ions? Is the charge distribution in an ion spherically symmetric due to quantum mechanical effects or do we assume it when using Gauss's law, as in the ...
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Gauss' law and ions?

My text book says that with we have a singly ionized sodium atom net charge +e and if we choose a spherical surface centered on the ion and large enough to contain it all we do not need to know the ...
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Why can I blow up other potentials at the origin but not the one inside a dielectric sphere in an electric field?

While solving the electrostatic field for a dielectric in an electric field, we take the potential at origin to not blow and thus, we eliminate the inverse powers of r in the expression for general ...
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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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Maximum voltage on metal sphere? [duplicate]

What is the maximum voltage that can be put on a metal sphere before electrons fly off it or the metal itself explodes due to electrostatic forces?
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Coulombs law: calculate force exerted on one charge by the other two [closed]

The drawing shows three point charges fixed in place. The charge at the coordinate origin has a value of q1 = +8.00 μC; the other two charges have identical magnitudes, but opposite signs: q2 = ...
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Electrostatics Equilibrium problem [closed]

What should be the value of Q? I am doing the basics of coulomb's law,can anyone explain this to me?
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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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Coulomb's Law- Why the Coulomb's law is valid only for point and static charges?

Why the coulomb's law is valid only for point and static charges? Is there is any definite reason?
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Electric Field and Calculus: What is the physical significance of infinitesimal $dA$ in the equation of Gauss's Theorem?

In many equations we see infinitesimals $dA$, $dS$, $dx$ and so on. What is is the physical significance of these? Someone told me it signifies a small entity. For example,in case of $dA$ it signifies ...
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Finding the direction of the magnetic force acting on a conducting wire

I have a problem in finding the direction of the force when a conducting wire is placed in a magnetic field. If I use Fleming's Right Hand rule I get a circular magnetic field, so what will be ...
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How to distribute static charges evenly on a finite plate?

There are several ways to make charges on an object evenly distributed. For example, if the surface of the object is infinite or the object is a sphere. There is one more way which I am not sure if it ...
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Can someone show me how Green's function would apply for this simple case?

I'm reading up on some stuff on basic electrostatic here: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/electric/laplace.html Can someone use Green's function to show me the form of $V$? Update: I ...
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Inductor Charging and Discharging

Why does the inductor discharges in the same path ( same direction of current ) as that of its charging unlike a capacitor which discharges in the direction opposite to its charging(current direction ...
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Contradictory boundary conditions in electrostatics problem?

Consider the following problem: A conducting cube of side $a$ is grounded. Inside there's a horizontal (i.e., perependicular to the $z$ axis) sheet with uniform surface charge density $\sigma$. The ...
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Potential due to charge over infinite grounded plane conductor using the method of images

I am reading section 3.2.1 of Griffiths 3ed which explains how to calculate potential using first uniqueness theorem. Griffiths/3.2.1 Griffiths/First Uniqeness theorem (Its corollary actually) ...
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Why is Lightning referred to as High frequency source?

Lightning strike is categorized as DC because of its electrostatic nature. The negative flash/stroke is found to have 200KA of current with a voltage close to 300KV (cloud to ground). But why is it ...
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Why would a rotating charged sphere not have time varying electric field?

I have seen Gauss Law being used for a uniformly charged hollow sphere rotating with $\omega$. How is that valid to use Gauss law since it is an electrostatic law and if it is valid, why do we get a ...
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How to make charges of a charged conductor evenly distributed over the surface of the object?

Is there a way to make the charges of a charged conductor evenly distributed over the surface? I know the charges of a charged insulator are evenly distributed but I want to know that if there is a ...
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Do charges flow from strong insulator to weak insulator?

Do static charge in a strong insulator flow to a weaker insulator when both stay in contact with each other? For example, when an insulator weaker than air placed in a medium of air, would the static ...
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How can I calculate the force that is applied on a tube by another tube?

Let's say there is two tubes(cylinders with no tops or bottoms) with charges $q_1$ and $q_2$, radii $b_1$ and $b_2$, lengths $l_1$ and $l_2$. These tubes are located along the axis of each other's ...
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How to find whether the electric field between capacitor plates is above or below the electrical breakdown limit of the insulator between the plates?

Let's say the two plates of a capacitor have charges $q_1$ and $q_2$. The separation between these plates is $d$. I know that I can calculate the electric field by dividing the voltage that is applied ...
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image method to calculate the surface charge density on a conducting plate

There is a charge q at a perpendicular distance z = d from an infinite conducting plate z=0. We use the image method and place -q on the other side of the plate and calculate the field. This field ...
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Electric flux through nonspherical surphace

Here's an explanation from a book that I read: Now, I have a few problems with this explanation as well as with the "cone method". I guess that all my problems boil down to the concept of ...
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How much voltage should be applied to an object to create a certain amount of charge?

I am curious as to how much voltage should be applied to create a specific charge. Is there a formula to calculate it, and what are the parameters that can affect the relation between voltage and ...