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Capacitance per unit length of a system containing uniformly charged rod and and infinite charged plate

Suppose we have an infinite plane, and a uniformly charged rod of radius $a$ and linear charge density $\alpha$, parallel to the plane and at distance $d$ from it. Net charge of the plane is $0$. Rod ...
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Density of charge induced on a hollow sphere due to eccentric charge inside

Suppose we have a lone hollow metal sphere with net charge equal to $0$. If we were to put a point charge $Q$ inside of the sphere and move it, let's say, away from the sphere center at some distance ...
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Electric field of a cross-like conductor

Suppose we have two thin, very long, perpendicular wires soldered to each other so they form a cross. What would electric field lines look like in the plane that wires form, and would it be possible ...
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I wnt to know HOW to create TM, TE, and TEM waves; and is it being used in industry? [closed]

Transverse Magnetic (TM) and Transverse Electric (TE) modes So I'm wholly ignorant of any knowledge surrounding these modes, so bear with me here.. One component is infinitesimally small in the ...
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Why the direction of dipole moment is from negative charge to positive charge?

An electric dipole moment is defined as $p = q\times 2d$. How to understand it physically? Why the direction of the electric dipole moment is from negative charge to positive charge?
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How to induce charge in glass bubble particles ?

I am trying to induce charge ( + or - ) in the glass bubble particles ( manufacturer 3M 25-32 micrometer) . Can anyone tell me how to effectively charge them. I have tried placing these particles in a ...
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Question about electric flux in the corner of a cube [duplicate]

A charge $Q$ is places at the corner of a cube of side $a$. What is the electric flux through all the six faces of the cube? What is the electric flux on each one of it's faces? I am aware of ...
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The force acting on a plate of a parallel capacitor

How can you prove (using high-school-knowledge) that the force which acts on one plate of a parallel capacitor is equal $F = \frac{E \cdot Q}{2}$ Where $E = \frac{U}{d}$ is the magnitude of the ...
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Why are electrons attracted to a magnetic field?

In a cathode ray tube, the deflecting system can consist of either magnetic or electrically charged plates. I understand the fact that electrons are attracted or repelled by the electrically charged ...
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Where is the flaw in deriving Gauss's law in its differential form?

From the divergence theorem for any vector field E, $\displaystyle\oint E\cdot da=\int (\nabla\cdot E) ~d\tau$ and from Gauss's law $\displaystyle\oint E\cdot ...
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Semiconductors and energy bands

The valence and conduction band of a semi-conductor are often drawn as here click. This plot has essentially two features and I would like to understand them. The peak and the valley of the two ...
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Why does electrolysis require a base electrolyte instead of an acid electrolyte?

I am in the process of using electrolysis to remove rust from some old tools. This is the process where you submerge the rusted item in a bath along with a sacrificial piece of metal. You connect a ...
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Will two magnets lose magnetism if they stick to each other for infinitely long time?

Here we have two magnets and they are sticking to each other. What I've learned that could possibly explain it is one magnet holds positive charge and the other one holds negative. But when the ...
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Conducting Cylinder by Dielectric Interface

To help me with a project I'm working on, I attempted to solve what I thought was an easy problem - There is an infinite, conducting cylinder of radius R at some potential V, located distance b from a ...
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Electric field of a massive sphere with two cavities with point charges inside them

a short question regarding electrostatics: Given a massive, conducting, uncharged sphere of radius $R$ with two spherical cavities with radii $a$ and $b$, and two point charges $q_a$ and $q_b$ inside ...
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Earnshaw's theorem and springs

Earnshaw's theorem states that the Laplacian of the potential energy of a small charge moving through a landscape full of static negative and/or positive charges (and gravity) is zero. Thus you can't ...
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Why is the shape of lightning or an electric spark a zig-zag line?

Why is the shape of the lightning (or an electric spark) always of a zig-zag nature? Why is it never just a straight line? Image source.
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The Electric field & Coulomb's law [closed]

A point charge is moving in an electric field at right angles to the lines of forces .Does any force act on it ? Please explain why.
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Two charged spheres connected with a conductor

I have a problem with a electrostatics problem: there are two spheres, each one of the same size carrying the same amount of charge, but of different sign. They are connected by a conducting wire, ...
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What's the difference between electrostatic potential and electrochemical potential along a (semi)conductor?

According to wikipedia: the electrochemical potential, $\bar{\mu}$, sometimes abbreviated to ECP, is a thermodynamic measure of chemical potential that does not omit the energy contribution of ...
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Calculate the potential induced by beam

This exercise is from Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy by Freidberg. A cylindrical conducting vacuum chamber of radius $r=a$ is filled with a uniform plasma of density $n_0$ and temperature ...
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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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Force per unit length between two long parallel wires, one of which is insulated

Suppose we have two very long parallel wires of radius $a$ and distance between their axes $d$ ($d>>a$). The first wire if is carrying charge of linear charge density $\alpha$ and is insulated ...
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Thomson problem vs. maximizing sum of distance

Given $N$ equally charged points lying on the unit sphere ("electrons"), the Thomson problem consists of finding the configuration of these points such that the electrostatic potential energy $$ ...
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How would you define electrostatics and magnetostatics starting from Maxwell's equations?

I'm reading Griffith's text, and he starts by defining Electrostatics as requiring the source charges don't move. I've seen a few slightly different definitions of electrostatics and magnetostatics. ...
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Disturbing a line of infinite alternating charges

Consider a line of infinite number of alternating charges. All are point charges having charge of same magnitude and are placed in a line. Neglect the effect of gravity here. Consider one of the ...
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Finding the potential between two spherical shells [closed]

How to find the potential in region $a<r<b$ I know that the general solution for Laplace's equation is $$V(r,\theta)=\sum_{l=0} \left[A_l r^l +\frac{B_l}{r^{l+1}} \right]P_l(\cos{\theta}).$$ ...
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Why an undoped heterojunction causes potential barrier?

In this image (source) a potential double-barrier was created using GaAs and AlAs lattices (undoped). Why would any potential barrier be formed, if all the bonds are electrostatically balanced (i.e. ...
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Charge density on a plate of a realistic capacitor

Suppose we have a realistic capacitor,connected to a constant voltage source, with plates at some distance $d$ and a varying charge density across plate due to edge effects. Is it correct to assume ...
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How is the electostatic field propagated by the vacuum? How does a charge feel the presence of another charge when there is NOTHING between them?

Is the word "vacuum" equal to "nothing"? Imagine two charges of opposite sign, far from one another in vacuum, and moving with constant velocity - s.t. none radiates energy, none emits photons. At ...
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Capacitance of two non parallel plates

What is the formula for capacitance of two non parallel plates at an angle with each other?If the plates were parallel then the value can be calculated as (PermittivityX area of one plate)/distance ...
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Why does the earth suck both positive and negative charges?

If the earth is a bit negatively charged, it is understood that it can take away the positive charges of a positively charged body when grounded. Why does it take away the extra electrons of a ...
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How can you calculate (or convert) the Wh of a capacitor whose energy is given in Farads

When trying to compare the energy in a battery to the energy in a capacitor, the units don't match up. How can one compare a battery whose Ah are 10 and Voltage is 3 (for a total of 30 Wh) to a ...
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Determining range of integration for electric filed of a semi-circle contour

Suppose we have a semi-circle contour in $xy$ plane ( it is oriented so that all of it lies at $y<0$) , and an arbitrary point on $z$ axis. It has linear charge density $\alpha$ and radius $a$ The ...
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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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electrostatic charge distribution in geometrically arbitrary shape

If I have a small point charge Q suspended into the cavity of a bowl, then obviously it will induce some negative charges onto the surface of the cavity, but will the induced charge be equal to -Q in ...
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Want to know about divergence [duplicate]

Can anyone please explain how to know whether a vector field has divergence or not by seeing its diagram? I have read that a vector field must change for having divergence but why is divergence zero ...
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Measurements from inside conductors

We have known for some time now that when electric field is applied across any conducting shell, then electric field inside it would be zero. It also has some fantastic applications such as ...
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Green's function for a dielectric with a charge [closed]

Suppose there are two infinite planes, one in $z=a$ and the other in $z=b$, with $a<b$. Between the planes, there is a dielectric medium with constant $\epsilon_1$. The differential equation for ...
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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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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 ...