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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 ...
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Help understanding the solution to a problem regarding kinetic energy of a group of point charges

The problem provided by my professor goes as follows: "Now consider a situation in which all charges are equal to q and they simultaneously become "unglued". What speed will each charge have when a ...
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Electric Field Due to 4 cavities inside a sphere?

I found an interesting question and performed a calculation regarding field inside a cavity inside a spere which has four more cavities ? Is my calculation correct ?
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Why is the electric field perpendicular to every point on the surface of a conductor?

I am reading Berkeley Physics Course, Volume 2 (Electricity and Magnetism by Edward M. Purcell). I am in chapter $3$, page $92$, and the book discusses conductors. The following is from the book: ...
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Capacitance of spherical capacitor when earthed

The capacitance of a spherical capacitor is given by $$C=\frac{4\pi \varepsilon_{0}}{\left ( \frac{1}{a}-\frac{1}{b} \right )}$$ How can I find out the capacitance of the capacitor when The ...
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Uniformly charged rod electric field

A uniformly charged rod of length $L$ and total charge $Q$ lies along the $x$ axis as shown in in the figure. (Use the following as necessary: $Q$, $L$, $d$, and $k_e$.) (a) Find the components of ...
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Potential difference between two assymetrically charged plates

What is the potential diff between two plates of charges $q_1$ and $q_2$ ($q_1$ $>$ $q_2$)? I know the equation is $V = \frac{q_1-q_2}{2C}$ where $C$ is the capacitance of the system but how has ...
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What moves the charges between capacitors?

Suppose I charged two capacitors to charges Q1 and Q2. By charging a capacitor to charge +Q , I mean that one plate acquires a net charge +Q and another plate acquires a net charge -Q.The capacitors ...
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Electrical gradient

I'm a zoology minor and I'm trying to understand electrical gradient. I found this explanation in an authentic website but cannot undertand it fully. An unequal distribution of charges across the ...
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Electric Field and Force from four particles

Four charged particles are arranged in a square as shown below, with A=3, B=4, and C=5 (a) Determine the electric field at the location of charge q. (Use the following as necessary: $q$, $a$, and $...
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Boundary conditions while finding electric potential inside some specific volume

Please see the figure. Continuous charge distributions are in blue color. Inside cavity there is some charge distribution. Also On surfaces S1 and S2 there are some charge distributions (not shown)....
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Gauss Law Question [duplicate]

Why is ${\rm d}\vec{A}_1$ pointing up and ${\rm d}\vec{A}_2$ pointing down? Electric field ${\rm d}\vec{E}_1$ is pointing up so isn't it supposed to be perpendicular to the surface?
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Surface charge outside conductor

If I have a hollow conductor of arbitrary shape, and have a charge placed inside is cavity, then is there anything I can say for sure about the charge distribution on the outer surface? I know that ...
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Electrostatic pressure

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrostatics says that "This pressure tends to draw the conductor into the field, regardless of the sign of the surface charge." Does this mean that if I place a ...
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when current passes through a wire , does it only travel through the outer surface?

In electrostatics we are taught that the field inside a conductor is always zero . So when current passes through a wire , the electricity only passes through the surface of the conductor . In ...
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Question about Gauss' law and dipoles

I've got a question about dipoles and Gauss' law: Consider an electric dipole $p=ql$ in free space, centred at the origin of a Cartesian reference frame. Using Gauss’s Law, discuss if the electric ...
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Electrostatic energy of the system

Problem : $(A)$ There are two thin concentric metallic shells of radius $a$ and $b$ $(b>a)$. Inner shell carries a total charge $Q$ and the outer shell carried a total charge $–Q$. Calculate the ...
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How to find the polarization (phase) of the virtual source if image theory is used

Consider a radiating element (actual source) is placed above a ground plane, and if we apply image theory to determine the E-filed, the virtual source will be placed below the ground plane and ground ...
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Problem understanding energy of a electric field

I just finished classical mechanics, and waves and have started electromagnetism. I have studied upto electric fields, potentials and conductors in a static field and have just entered capacitors. And ...
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How to determine the concentration and sign of the charge carriers in copper

I need to design a procedure for an experiment to determine the concentration and sign of the charge carriers in copper. I'm given: A slab of copper 2.0 mm thick, 1.5 cm wide, and 4 cm long One very ...
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Need help with signs (+ -) in electric potential work and potential energy problem

The problem is from Sears and Zemansky's University Physics, 12th edition in Spanish. The problem says: How much work is needed to assemble an atomic nucleus that contains three protons if it is ...
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Static electricity - what is it?

I'm just having some difficulty with completely understanding the concept of static electricity. What actually happens? Is it because the electrons cant move? And if so, why can't they move?
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Divergence of $\frac{e^{-br}\hat{r}}{r^2}$ in electrostatics [closed]

My question is how to calculate the divergence of a vector field (Electric field) given as: $\vec{E}(r)=\frac{e^{-br}\hat{r}}{r^2}$. Or more generally how to approach finding the divergence of a ...
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Charge over 2 layer dielectric, image method

If I have a charge $Q$ located over a 2 layer dielectric as represented: According to the image method : the charge $Q'1$ will be located at a distance $h_1$ under the first interface and the $Q'2$ ...
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What makes Human a Conductor

Conductors, are those which have free electrons... and because of this have same electric potential all over. But considering our body, which has many electrical voltage, current signals passing by in ...
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How do flames neutralize a static charge?

I was working with a demonstration galvanometer recently when it accidentally picked up a static charge from me lightly rubbing my hand across it. The case was made of a clear plastic. My attempts ...
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Why is there no permittivity-type constant for gravitation?

When I look at electric or magnetic fields, each of them has a constant that defines how a field affects or is affected by a medium. For example, electric fields in vacuum have a permittivity constant ...
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Why doesn't the gravitational force have a permittivity in its formula? [duplicate]

We know that the electrostatic force between two charges depends on the medium between the charges and its permittivity. Why, then, doesn't the gravitational force depend on the medium?
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Gauss Theorem:Electric field of an uniformly charged non-conducting spherical shell

I want to know the electric field of an uniformly charged non-conducting spherical shell. I know that in case of conductors(metals),the sphere can be shell or it can be solid,but in both the cases ,...
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Charge inside a charged spherical shell

If I were to put a negative charge inside a negatively charged spherical shell, will it move to the center? Electric field inside the shell due to the shell is zero (Gauss's Law), would that mean the ...
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Why does electromagnetic induction creates both voltage and current but static electricity only creates voltage and no current?

Why is it that electrons do not move the same way in triboelectric as in magnetic induction when both creates voltage? Triboelectricity can even create tens of thousands of volts like Van De Graf ...
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Electric field $E$ due to a dipole moment

Why is the formula of $$E = kp/z^3~ ?$$ Why is it $z^3$ ? I want a physics answer not math please.
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Force between the plates of a capacitor

As we know that the electric field between two parallel plates of a capacitor is $$E=\frac{\sigma}{\epsilon_0}$$, so the magnitude of force exerted by one plate on the other should have been $$F=QE$$. ...
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why potential becomes equal when capacitor are connected

If we have a circuit as shown in which two capacitor are connected of unequal potential. Now if we close the switch the charge will flow till potential becomes equal. But as we know $Q=CV$, $V=Ed$...
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Different charges of plates of parallel plate capacitor

Suppose the plates of a parallel plate capacitor have charges +2Q and -Q initially. Then if they are connected with a battery of emf V what will be the charge distribution on the plates of capacitor? ...
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Final potential difference between plates of capacitor [closed]

If the plates of a parallel plate capacitor are given charges 4Q and -2Q . The capacitor is then connected across an uncharged capacitor of the same capacitance as first one (=C) . Now we have to find ...
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Electric flux density between the 2 plates of a capacitor

I am reading a solved exercise about a parallel plate capacitor in which states that the electric flux density between the 2 plates is: $$D=p_{s}$$ where $p_{s}$ is the surface current density of ...
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Can/will a proton escape the nucleus when a force is applied? [closed]

Protons are contained within the nucleus of an atom. Protons carry a positive charge. With an electric field, we can exert a force on the proton. Is it possible for the proton to escape the nucleus? ...
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The direction of electric field in a thin hollow cylindrical insulating shell

Consider a thin hollow cylindrical insulating shell like the one above draw in 3D-coordinate with Z-axis going out of page and is centered at the origin of XYZ axis. It has electric charge +Q ...
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Unification of Newtonian gravity and electrostatic force [closed]

Can we not unify Newtonian gravity & electrostatic force? All properties are almost same. We can imagine the atoms of the Earth's core to become dipoles when a body is freely-falling. Thus, due to ...
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Determination of the electric field of charged object using Gauss's law

when we determine the electric field of a charged rod of infinite length,we consider a circular cylinder to be the gaussian surface for convenience.In the case of a charged sheet we choose the ...
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Repel air by electrostatic charge

It is known that an electrostatically charged object can repel or attract a flow of water. Can this also apply to an air flow? And if so, would it happen only due to the humidity via water molecules, ...
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How to Explain the the following situation?

I have thought a simple thing: consider a system of a planet and its natural satellite revolving around it in a perfectly circular orbit(assumed) and this is happening in an isolated space in some ...
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Should static electricity affect a Crookes radiometer?

I've been playing around with a Crookes radiometer for fun and I happened across something I can't figure out. I know the fundamentals of the radiometer (e.g. partial vacuum, thermodynamics, etc.), ...
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Are these capacitors parallel or in series?

I am a bit confused. The authors say these conductors are parallel when the switch is on. But to me it looks like they are in series since the handle is insulating. How can you explain that they are ...
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Lorentz force in different reference frames?

I have been introducing myself to special relativity and relativistic electrodynamics, and became curious about the similarity of the electric and magnetic forces. I'm trying to show that the combined ...
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Electric flux of a charged rod through a uniform disc

I have an assignment regarding electric flux. The question I was given has the following sketch: The first question was about the force on the rod from the disc at the $z$-axis. I reached the ...
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Does changing a closed surface in the manner outlined contradict Gauss' Law?

As I understand it, Gauss' Law states that the electric flux on any arbitrary closed surface is equivalent to the sum of all charges enclosed within the surface times a constant. Mathematically, this ...
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The Zero Electric Potential of the “Earth”

I know its the potential differences that matter and generally we define the zero of the electric potential according to our convenience. I would like you to look at this standard problem: Charge $-...