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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Why capacitance is given as constant value in Farads, and not as max charge in Coulombs?

The equation for capacitance is $Q=CV$ or $V={1\over C}Q$. I don't understand what is the physical meaning of this "$C$": Does the charge in a system changes linearly with voltage under all ...
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What are the consequences of connecting a non-ideal conductor to a battery in open loop?

Suppose I have a battery with $\Delta V=5[\mathrm{V}]$. Now I connect a piece of a metal wire to the "+" side of the battery only. Let's assume that the ambient air is not conductive at all: Are ...
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Phase difference between incident plane wave incident on a dipole and radiation fields from dipole

i have an incident plane wave and a dipole, consider that plane wave incident on dipole. at this moment what happens to dipole? We know that after incident of plane wave on dipole, the radiation has ...
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electrostatics particle charging

When ash particles are charged negatively ( corona charging, ionization, tribo electric ) and then collected on to the fabric; particles arrange themselves in porous dendritic structure whereas ...
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Magnitude of Electric field vector on the axis of a conducting half sphere

I need to calculate the electric field of a conducting half-sphere shell ( just the outer shell, it has no base ) of a radius $a$ and surface charge density $\sigma$ on the arbitrary point on axis ...
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Why can you make two repelling positively charged rods touch? Shouldn't the Coulomb force become infinite?

For a physics lab on the Triboelectric effect, we rubbed two rods with fur which gave both of them a positive charge. We then brought them close together, and they obviously repelled. We then held ...
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Using Coulomb's law to solve for a continuous charge distribution [closed]

I have been trying to evaluate this specific integral and have been completely stuck. $$\frac{1}{4\pi \epsilon_0} \int^L_0 \frac{2\lambda z}{(x^2+z^2)^\frac{3}{2}}dx.$$ I am a freshman and have been ...
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Why does energy rise in a constant voltage capacitor after inserting a dielectric?

For example from this link: http://te.fisica.edu.uy/fuerza_en_Capacitor.pdf we can deduce, that the work the electric field inside a constant-voltage capacitor does during the insertion of a ...
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Find quantity of electricity of two circular faces

So, there are two circular conductive sheets with quantities of electricity of Q and -Q. If I know that the distance d between them is 0.002 meters and their radius is 0.1m and the voltage between ...
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Physical interpretation related to a non-linear partial differential equation

I am doctoral student in pure mathematics working on a particular problem. My question is if this problem has applications to real world phenomena. I will try to explain the direct problem starting ...
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discharging static

Quick question, if you have a buildup of static charge causing sheets of paper to stick together, can you have a grounding foil touching the paper to dissipate the charge to prevent pages from ...
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Electric field at a point [closed]

We consider a thin disk whose center is $O$ and radius is $R$, which has an electric surface charge density of $\sigma$. We want to find the expression of the electric field $\vec{E}$ at a point ...
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Electric field and potential between two charges [closed]

There are two point charges on the $x$ axis and $x'$ is a place where the potential, relative to infinity, is the biggest. Why is the electric field zero at this point?
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Calculate electric field without using Gauss law

Given a uniformly charged sphere ( total charge $5 nC$ ) of radius $R=10 cm$, write the equation of electric field vector for any distance $r (r > R)$ from sphere center and calculate total ...
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Electric field in a “concave” conductor

I am aware that the electrons are distributed across charged conductor surface so that the areas with smaller radius of curvature have more charge per surface area. But what happens when the ...
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Quadrupole potential generation in Paul traps

I am currently getting familiar with the concept of the Paul trap and the underlying physical principles. I do understand what kind of potentials are needed to trap charged particles, e.g. for the 3D ...
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Calculate the flux of a point charge with Gauss's law

I know from my class that to calculate the flux of a point charge with Gauss's law, I have to make a surface that intersects with all of the flux lines resulting from the charge, and then make this ...
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Addition of forces in dielectric material

In this paper (page 2 of document) it is said that: Because this calculated force was comparable to the gravitational force, they assumed that the same would be true for the forces on a ...
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Finding voltage between two points in space

If electric field vector is defines as : $\vec{E} = \frac{V_0x^2}{a^3} \vec{i_x} + \frac{V_0y}{a^2} \vec{i_y} $ where $V_0 $ and $a$ are known constants, $\vec{i_x}$ and $\vec{i_y}$ unit vectors of ...
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Electric Field Resulting from a Conductor

In preparation for an upcoming exam, I've been attempting to visualize the electric field produced by a conductor in a variety of situations. I asked myself the following question and attempted to ...
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The “classical radius” of the electron [closed]

According to one theory, the mass m of the electron arises simply as a consequence of the electrostatic energy of its electric field, through Einstein's famous expression ε=mc^2, where ε is the field ...
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Net Electric Field of Multiple Charges [closed]

Question: Four charges, each of magnitude +Q are placed at the corners of a square of side a. Obtain an expression for the electric potential at the centre of the square and at the mid point of one ...
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How does EM radition depend on the reference frame?

In special relativity, magnetism is electrostatics in a different reference frame. This is how we explain the magnetic field being produced by moving charges (aka currents). Charges that move produce ...
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Show the equivalence of two electrostatic energy

$$U = \frac{1}{2}\iint_{all space}^{ } \frac{\rho(1)\rho(2)}{4\pi\epsilon_{0}r_{12}}dV_{1}dV_{2} $$ and $$U = \frac{\epsilon_{0}}{2}\int_{allspace}^{ } \vec{E} \cdot \vec{E} dV.$$ In the left ...
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Why is Energy = Voltage x Charge, and how to prove that?

As you know the equation $\mathbf{E=V\times Q}$. Where: $\mathbf E$ is the energy measured in joules, $\mathbf V$ is potential difference (Voltage), $\mathbf Q$ is the charge. So my qustion is: ...
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Relationship between polarization density and electric field

Imagine I have an electric field $E$ created due to some free charges. Then I introduce a dielectric material somewhere. What confuses me is the polarization field $P$, which is now proportional to ...
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Capacitance in a parallel plate cap with the real electric field

In many books of general physics, they prove the equations for capacitance of a cap of parallel plates as if the electric field where constant everywhere but what would happen if we take the real ...
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Electric field of Symmetric Parts [closed]

So I'm preparing for a test and one thing that I haven't seen examples of, but know is possible is using Gauss's Law on objects that have symmetric parts. I made up the following question: Find ...
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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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Deriving relationship between distance and angle for field of a line charge

The relationship $r\,\mathrm{d}\alpha = \mathrm{d}x \cos(\alpha)$ is not obvious to me. In fact, when I look at it, I think it should be $r\,\mathrm{d}\alpha \cos(\alpha) = \mathrm{d}x$. Can someone ...
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Grounded conductor inside a uniform electric field [duplicate]

I am working on a textbook problem of a grounded conductor inside a uniform electric field. The textbook states that "grounded" means potential = 0. In my opinion, "grounded" should mean "same ...
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Why in PN junctions the octet rule is dominating electrostatic repulsion?

The depletion region in PN junctions is created by charges from the N part diffusing into the P part, thus completing an octet of covalent bonds in the P part. This shift however leaves positive ions ...
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Hexadecapole potential using point particles?

We can get monopole $1/r$, dipole $1/r^2$, quadrupole $1/r^3$ and octupole $1/r^4$ potential falloff by placing opposite point charges at the corners of a point, line, square and cube, respectively. ...
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Vector of electric field

I have a triangle whose points are in $A(0,0,0)$, $B(a,0,0)$ and $C(0,a,0)$. The edges of this triangle are uniformly charged with value $Q'$ and everything is in vacuum. I need to find the vector of ...
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Potential due to a continuous charge distribution on ring

Derive the formula for the potential at point $P(0,0,z)$ directly above the center of a ring of charge with radius $R$ and uniform charge density $\lambda$. My attempt: Since $$\lambda= ...
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How is the charge concentrated at the centre of shell for calculating potential from it? [duplicate]

While calculating electric potential due to a spherical shell at a point outside the shell, why do we say that the entire charge is present at the centre of shell? Is this true even if the charge on ...
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If we charge a capacitor can we discharge it into a battery?

I have read that we can charge a capacitor using a battery, but can the vice versa happen? My project needs to show a battery being charged through a fully charged capacitor.
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Principle of superposition for capacitor

In a capacitor the parallel plates of opposite charge create equal electric fields in opposite directions. We know field outside the capacitor is zero but inside the capacitor it is non zero. My ...
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Divergence in interaction between induced dipoles

Suppose I have two polarizable point-particles 1 and 2 arranged on the z-axis and separated by $r$. Each particle has a dipole moment $\mathbf{p}_i=\alpha \mathbf{E}_i$. If we apply an external field ...
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How is it possible for an infinitely large charged plane to cause the same electric field regardless of distance? [duplicate]

Assume there is an infinitely large plane with a charge density $\sigma$. I understand how to derive, using Gauss' Law, that $E = \frac{\sigma}{2\epsilon_0}$ is the electric field at a distance $r$ ...
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Zero divergence of Electric field

I'm trying to rigorously derive the integral form of Gauss's law from Coulomb's law and the divergence theorem. Arrive at $$ \oint\limits_{\partial V} E\cdot da = \begin{cases} \frac ...
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Confusion with Grounded Conductor: bringing in a point from infinity

Suppose, for sake of argument, we have a spherical grounded conductor at the origin. Additionally, let our reference voltage be at infinity. Now, I view the potential of a point in space as being the ...
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Gauss law in integral form

Scanning through the lecture notes of my professor I came across some confusing definition, that he calls "Gauss law in a global form" which has the following representation ...
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Help regarding understanding derivation of electrostatic potential in a solution to a problem

I was looking at the solution of finding the energy stored in a charged solid sphere in which the electric field was and then later stated the electrostatic potential is I understand that to ...
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Field and Charge densities in two dimensional corners and along edges

In jackson's book, we can derive the equation as following. $\sigma(\rho)=\epsilon_{0}E_{\phi}(\rho, 0)\approx-\frac{\epsilon\pi a_{1}}{\beta}\rho^{(\pi/\beta)-1}---(2.75)$ My question is there are ...
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Equivalent formulas for electric current density

I am reading an article that states that the "ratio of current to the area for a given surface is known as current density" and is defined as $J = \frac{I}{A}$ where $I$ is the current and $A$ is ...
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2 spheres both negative or positive [closed]

Two small charged metal spheres A and B are situated in a vacuum. The distance between the centres of the spheres is 12.0 cm, as shown in Fig. 4.1. The charge on each sphere may be assumed to be a ...
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What is the purpose of the metal strip??

Context: Two large, flat metal plates are held parallel to each other and separated by a distance $d$. They are connected together at their edge by a metal strip. A thin plastic sheet ...
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Is there a charge across all space? [duplicate]

We're studying electrostatics in class, and the teacher introduced us to Gauss' Law a few days ago as $$\int \vec{E} \cdot \mathrm{d}\vec{A} = \frac{Q}{\epsilon_0}$$ Now suppose that the entire ...