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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Electric Field for a hollow sphere with point charge

I think I am over thinking this question: A point charge of $-2\space\mu C$ is located in the center of a hollow sphere. The internal and external radius of the sphere is given by $6.5$ and ...
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Positive charges “move” from higher to lower potential [closed]

It's my understanding that whenever an object gains or loses electric charge this actually corresponds to losing/gaining electrons (protons do not move). So how can a positive charge always move from ...
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Minimum separation problem

I am trying to solve this problem where two point charges are infinite distance apart(horizontally) but separated by some finite distance vertically. Both are positively charged and projected ...
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Electrochemical cell potential - Prigogine book

I'm trying to understand equation 10.2.14 from Prigogine book "Moder thermodynamics": $V=\frac{\tilde{A}}{nF}=\frac{1}{nF}\left(\mu_X^R+\mu_Y^L-\mu_{Xred}^R-\mu_{Yox}^L\right) - \left( \phi^R-\phi^L ...
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How to solve the Laplace Equation in the hollow square region?

Suppose the values of $a$, $b$, $V_1$ and $V_2$ is given. I want to find the solution of the Laplace equation, $$\frac{\partial^2 \phi}{\partial x^2}+\frac{\partial^2 \phi}{\partial y^2}=0$$ in the ...
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Polarizable molecule in E-field

If we have a linear molecule with a dipole moment $\mu$ in a static electric field $E$, the potential is given by $V = - \langle \mu,E \rangle$. What is the appropriate equation for the potential if ...
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What is the correct way to take out equivalent capacitance here?

So here I have a capacitor with two plates , one positively charged and one negatively, as shown in the figure. Now the material between them is $k_1$ for thickness d/2 and $k_2$ for the other d/2. ...
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Laplace's Equation - under what circumstances does it hold?

I'm currently taking an EM course whereby we deal with systems that satisfy Laplace's equation $\nabla^2 \phi = 0$. Examples include permeable sphere in a magnetic field and metal sphere in electric ...
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What is the range of the validity of Coulomb's law?

What is the smallest and biggest distance in which Coulomb's law is valid? Please provide a reference to a scientific journal or book. Just saying that this law is valid from this range to that range ...
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can we charge a neutral glass rod by touching it with charged glass rod?

Can we charge a neutral glass rod by touching it with charged glass rod?Can we charge similar objects by contact of which one is charged and other neutral?
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Is there a simulator for observing the force between two charges comprehensively? [duplicate]

I basically want to observe the electrostatic force between two charges. I want to know if is there a simulator which could both help me to observe and calculate the force between two charges. I ...
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Is there a simulator for observing the force between two charges?

I basically want to observe the electrostatic force between two charges. I want to know if is there a simulator which could both help me to observe and calculate the force between two charges. I ...
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Calculating the electric potential in cylindrical coordinates from constant E-field

I am having so much trouble with this problem. I feel like I shouldn't be, but I am. A uniform electric field, $\vec{E} = E_0\hat{x}$. What is the potential, expressed using cylindrical ...
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Divergence of a field and its interpretation

The divergence of an electric field due to a point charge (according to Coulomb's law) is zero. In literature the divergence of a field indicates presence/absence of a sink/source for the field. ...
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How is capacitance of a cylindrical capacitor calculated?

I've just begun learning capacitance, and my lecture notes have a section on calculating capacitance for capacitors in vacuum of various shapes, e.g. two parallel plates and concentric spherical ...
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Electrostatics with Yukawa mass

I seem to have forgotten how to solve Laplace's equation when there is a Yukawa mass $\mu$. I want to find the Yukawa potential due to a homogeneously charged sphere of radius $R$ and charge density ...
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Maximum potential of a van de graaff generator

I know that we can calculate the maximum potential of a van de graaff generator by ( radius* electric field in which corona discharge begin to form in the surrounding gas( according to wikipedia 30 ...
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Effect of humidity on static electricity

I am looking for a reference to a scientific paper or textbook that explains the effect of humidity on static electricity (triboelectric effect). Any help will be highly appreciated.
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Surface potential resulting from the charge transfer between insulator and conductor

Common non-contact electrostatic voltmeters are used to measure the surface potential. Imagine we place a charged insulator on top of the conducting plate (insulated from the surrounding) and measure ...
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Electrostatics - Inserting a brass plate between two charges

The question is: if I were to insert a brass plate between two charges, what will happen to the force between the charges? Would it increase, decrease or stay the same? Does the brass plate increase ...
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Maxwell calculations that predicted the generation of waves (further use for wireless telegraphs)

At this point in this documentary about the history of electricity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPnS2WO2_0k&t=4m40s the guy says the Maxwell calculations predicted the generation of certain ...
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What gives an elementary particle a charge? [duplicate]

We know that proton is positive, and electron is negative. But where does come notion of negativity and positivity? Does charge come from some specific particles, or they specific order?
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Insulators (also called Dielectrics) which cannot conduct Electricity

How Dielectrics as an Insulating materials transmit electric effect without Conducting Electricity ? How its Possible ??
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Dipole charge attractions while one of them is turning around other [closed]

There is a electric dipole which is fixed. So angular momentum isn't conserved. And there is charge $Q$ which has initial velocity $u$. My question is: What is the tangential velocity of the charge ...
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Why a transistor is activated when I touch its base with my finger? [closed]

Is my body charged eletrically? If so, how much? Will it work with all types of transistors?
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Concept of separation of charges in lightning clouds

I have read in an article that when lightning strikes in the clouds the cloud disintegrates into two parts of which the negatively charged part is bigger than the positively charged one. Why does this ...
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Electric field in a sphere with a cylindrical hole drilled through it

Suppose that you have a sphere of radius $R$ and uniform charge density $\rho$; a cylindrical hole with radius $a$ ($a\ll R$) is drilled through the center of the sphere, leaving it like a "necklace ...
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Why is the electric field of an infinite insulated plane of charge perpendicular to the plane?

I'm studying Gauss' Law, and I came across a section where we're supposed to find the electric field of various shapes (like an infinite line of charges, etc), and for an infinite plane with a uniform ...
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Electric field represented by parallel curves

In a region of space, I have an electric field represented by parallel curves as shown in the diagram. The curves are equally spaced. We know that a uniform electric field can be represented by ...
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Temperature and resistance?

Why does resistivity increase with temperature? The explanations I have heard so far are that increasing temperature increases vibrations in the lattice structure resulting in the number of ...
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Protect drone from lightning [closed]

I am designing a dirigible, robotic drone. It is basically a polyurethane airship, approx 3.6 m length and 2.1 m diameter. I am worried about lightnings: as far as I know, a Faraday Cage should be ...
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Divergence of conservative electric field

I have a little doubt about the following: according Gauss law in the form of Maxwell's equation, we know that: $$ {\rm div} (D)~=~ \rho(v) $$ This just tells us that the electric field has nonzero ...
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Is the electrostatic field inside of any closed, uniformly charged surface zero?

We know that a simple application of Gauss's law tells us that the field inside of a uniformly charged spherical shell is zero. Does this hold for all uniformly charged closed surfaces? If so, how ...
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Electric Potential of a sphere given electric field

I'm studying for a course in electromagnetism, and I've been given an electric field for which I need to find the associated scalar potential. The field is the field generated by a sphere of radius ...
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Variation of Electrostatic Potential with Distance in a Uniform Field

I came across this question in a problem book: If a proton is released from rest in a uniform electric field, does the electric potential at those points where the electron moves increase or decrease. ...
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Help in Basics for Capacitance

How does capacitor store a charge? I'm a little bit confused, as I know that a capacitor stores charge but how does it do so?
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What causes charge buildup in a cloud before a lightning storm?

I am curious what causes the charge build up in a cloud before lightning occurs. I have seen in a few places such as this, that the process is not fully understood. Is this some form of static ...
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Could you make a Faraday cage with a different force law?

Gauss' law depends on the mathematical form of the Coulomb force. However, the phenomena that static charge resides on the surface of a conductor, and that you can't have electric fields within a ...
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How do I place point charges when using the method of images with a sphere?

We have a point charge $q>0$ in vacuum at a distance $a$ from the center $M$ of an isolated metal sphere that has a total charge $-q$ and radius $R$. ($a>R$) A) Use the method of images ...
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Question regarding inverse relation of resistance with area of cross section

It is said that resistance is inversely proportional to area of cross section. But greater area will have greater electric flux, and greater electric flux will have greater magnetic flux, and greater ...
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Potential in the middle of a square [closed]

Find the electric potential in the middle of a square with side length $a$ and charge $Q$. If I put the origin in the middle of the square, for the potential I get: ...
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Conductors connected with a wire

Let's say I have two spherical conductors with different radii and different amount of positive charge on them. The spheres are far enough from each other. I connect them with a conducting wire. I'm ...
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Charge inside a sphere

Suppose I have a sphere of radius $r$ with all the charge residing on the surface, distributed uniformly i.e. charge density $\sigma$ is constant. I want to find the electric field created by this ...
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Total number of electric field lines coming out of a proton?

I have to calculate the total number of electric field lines through a proton. I tried using Gauss' Law, i.e, $$\phi = \oint\boldsymbol E.d\boldsymbol s = {\frac{q}{\epsilon_0}} $$ $$So, \phi = ...
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Is there a momentum for charge?

Since mass and charge behave similarly, so, just like center of mass, I define a point center of charge, that is defined by $$\vec r_{qm} = \frac {\sum{q_i \vec r_i}} {\sum{q_i}}$$ where $\vec r_i$ ...
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Basic of Capacitor

I've 2 capacitors; plate area, difference between plates and dielectric is same. Only thing is that the metal used in plates is different. Since the formula $\displaystyle C=\frac{\varepsilon A}{d}$ ...
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Limitation of Gauss's Law

We can use Gauss's law to find out the electric field $\vec{E}(\vec{r})$ due to an infinite cylinder of charge. But if the cylinder is of finite length then it is said that $|\vec{E}(\vec{r})|$ is ...
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Why defects moderate (reduce) electric field?

I am running a simulation with drift-diffusion equation, Poisson equation and Fourier heat equation with a metal/insulator/metal structure. In my simulation, initially electric field is at the top of ...
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What would be physics of a star totally consisting of electrons? [duplicate]

What is the minimum radius and mass (if any) for such a structure to be stable? What is the ultimate future of such structure? Will the electron repellation always be stronger than any gravitational ...
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Gauss's Law for a Uniformly Charged Solid Sphere [duplicate]

We want to calculate $\vec{E}$ at a distance $r$ from the center $O$ of a spherical polar coordinate system. Let the point on the Gaussian surface at which we want to calculate $\vec{E}$ is ...