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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An EM problem of polarized sphere

Today, I'm doing an EM problem and my question is exactly the same as this site shows: http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=133501 To reiterate my confusion, why we can't use that integral ...
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question on dipole moment of water molecule

I read a line today and don't get it: "Molecules with mirror symmetry like oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and carbon tetrachloride have no permanent dipole moments." ...
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Total Electrical potential energy of two particle system

I recently have been studying Electro-statics and I couldn't understand properly how the potential energy of two particle system is found. Suppose you have two particles with charges $Q_1$ and ...
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Electric arc due to static discharge in a T-Shirt possible?

Yesterday, when I came home, I went to the bathroom (lights off) and i took off my T-Shirt (100% cotton) which I wore under a Shirt (50% cotton, 50% polyester). I believe to have seen a small but well ...
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Why cant Electrostatic field lines form closed loops?

My physics textbook says "Electrostatic field lines do not form closed loops. This is a consequence of the conservative nature of electric field." But I cant quite understand. Can anyone elaborate? ...
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The position of center of mass of electron cloud in an atom

I read Griffiths EM today and it says something very interesting but a little bothering to me. It states for an atom, the position of center of mass of an electron cloud lies in the center of the ...
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Energy Stored in a Capacitor with and without Dielectric

I have seen the equation $V = \frac {V_0}{K}$, but also the equation $V=\frac{1}{2}CV^2$. The values of C and V increase in the same linear ration with K (because $C=KC_0$). However, as the energy ...
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What is conductivity?

I read that if we have spin $\frac{1}{2}$-particle, where a magetic force acts on, then the force is given by a drift speed times a conductivity. This conductivity is determined to be $\frac{kT}{D}$, ...
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Proton gas density

As far as I know the lightest gas is hydrogen due to low mass of its nucleus, but what if we were to somehow strip hydrogen atoms of electrons and enclose protons in a container made of teflon (high ...
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An Electric Potential Glued to a Cube-Shaped Insulator to Replicate a Point Charge: Charge Distribution

I have been going back over this problem with a friend for the better part of a day: A potential is glued to a cube-shaped insulator so that outside of the insulator the field is the same as a point ...
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How can the potential on a cube's surface replicate the potential of a point particle?

If i have a cube (either hollow, or an insulating solid) and i want its surface have a potential such that it looks like a point particle outside of the box does that mean the exact potential on the ...
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Solve my confusion about electrons?

When a glass rod is rubbed with a silk cloth, both get charged: The silk gets positively charged and the rod gets negatively charged. My question is the following: How/why do these objects return to ...
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Gauss's law problem. ( Need someone to point me in the right direction) [closed]

What force per square meter pushes 2 infinite planes charged positively when their charge density is $0.3 \, \mu C/\mathrm{m}^2$ Second part is - using Gauss's theorem derive the equation ...
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Attraction and repulsion of charge? [duplicate]

Why do like charges on identical bodies cause a repulsion and unlike charges cause an attraction?
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Correct formula to express the potential generated by a single layer charge distribution

Assume that the closed surface $S$ encircles a volume $V$, and that a surface charge with density $\sigma$ ("single layer") is distributed over $S$. My question regards the electrostatic potential ...
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Can effect of gravity be broken (counteracted) by electric force?

Can we make a jacket using an electronic circuit that uses electric force to cancel the effect of gravity so that we get lifted in air.
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Debye Hückel Theory valid for ions?

I am wondering about the following: Is Debye Hückel Theory only used if you look at how an external "strong" field(like a potential by a sphere that has a charge that is 1000times higher than the ...
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How does particles gain electrical charges and repel each others? (electrostatic stabilization)

When I study electrostatic stabilization, I understand that the particles have same charge and thus repel others, this is how colloid is stabilize. But how does particles gain electrical charges and ...
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Argument for symmetry of potential

Consider the following electrostatic charge configuration of a spherically symmetric, perfect conductor with total charge $Q = 2q$, where $q > 0$. A point charge $q$ is placed at the position ...
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The formula used to calculate electrical potential energy

Sorry for the ugly picture but it makes my question more understandable. The $\Delta V$ from $A$ to $B$ is calculated by$$\int_A^B E \, \mathrm{d}r$$ where $r$ is the distance between $A$ and $B$. ...
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Polarization vector and bound charge

Why is it that the bound charge is $Q_b = - \oint_S{\mathbf{P} \cdot d\mathbf{S}}$? In particular, why is there a negative sign? Hayt's book on electromagnetism describes this as the "net increase in ...
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In what ratio does the charge distribute if a charge and uncharged body touch each other?

Lets say a large charged body has $n$ elementary charges and is brought in contact with a small uncharged body. When the charge distributes, does it distribute in the ratio of number of atoms or each ...
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Absolute value in the argument of a logarithm

I am wondering how the author rationalizes the removal of absolute value bars around the quotient argument of a natural logarithm. My take on this is that the potential at point $b$ MUST be greater ...
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Why don't the leaves of an electrometer repel each other in water?

A normal electrometer filled with air will repel like it should do for electrostatic demonstration, but what if it is filled with water instead or even oil, what will happen? My guess is that the ...
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Current and Voltage of electrostatic discharge

I conducted an experiment , i put a silver foil on a a CRT TV , then i open the TV, charging the foil (acting like a capacitor plate), if i approach a grounded rod to it , it will discharge with a ...
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electrons in elecrtostatic force(please read specification given below) [duplicate]

when comb is rubbed with hair, and brought near small pieces of papers, small paper pieces gets a towards comb. Here the comb gets negatively charged and when brought near piece of paper where do ...
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Charging one thing with static electricity by using battery

How can I make one thing to get statically charged by using batteries but not friction ? For example charge a rod so it can attract shredding ?
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Resistance of a cylinder contacted by two smaller circular faces

Suppose we have a solid homogeneous cylinder with radius $a$, heigth $h$ and conductivity $\sigma$. The top and the bottom face is contacted with a smaller circular face with radius $b$. How can I ...
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Capacitor in series?

Say you have two charged capacitors in series. Zoom in on one capacitor. For this specific capacitor, the charge on the two plates will be the same in magnitude, according to my textbook. My teacher ...
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Is a capacitor in an open circuit charged?

Say I have a circuit consisting of a battery, a wire, an open switch, and a capacitor. The circuit is open since the switch is open. My book says that the capacitor will only be charged when the ...
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Why the electric potential of earth is zero?

For a localized charge distribution the potential is set to zero far away from the charge distribution (at infinity) Now, when grounding a conductor, i.e. connecting it to Earth, it is said that we ...
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Field from non-conducting plate?

For a non-conducting sheet, the electric field is given by: $$E = \frac{\sigma}{2\epsilon_0}$$ where $\sigma$ is the surface charge density. This equation holds well for a finite ...
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Electric field near surface of a conductor? [duplicate]

If the electric field on a positive charge is non-zero, then the charge accelerates in the direction of the field. The field at the surface of a conductor is perpendicular to the surface. Why ...
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Charge distribution on conductors?

You have seen that the excess charge on an isolated conductor moves entirely to the conductor’s surface. However, unless the conductor is spherical, the charge does not distribute itself uniformly. ...
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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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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 happen for dipole ? we know that after incident of plane wave on dipole, the radiation have ...
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How do you solve Laplace's equation for a parallel plate capacitor?

I would like to find the analytic solution to the problem of two plates of opposite electric potential. I have already solved this numerically as shown in the picture below. I'm also wondering what ...
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Calculating the Potential from the E-Field

I find that often times I'll be tripped up by questioning whether or not I can do something mathematically, and be unable to come up with a satisfying answer. This is, unfortunately, one of those ...
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Two masses connected to a spring separated are charged to q Coulombs

I am working through Yale's Physics 201, and on the first problem set there is a question that is puzzling me. From my reasoning, I think the answer they provided is incorrect hence why I am here. The ...
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Does charge of a metal charged by induction determine by which ends of the metal is grounded to?

Does charge of a metal charged by induction determine by which part of the metal is ground to? I draw a diagram to make it simple to understand: Right diagram: When ground is touched with the ...
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Quantization of electrostatic $\vec E$ field?

Can a electrostatic field $\vec E=\vec E(x,y,z)$ (time-independent) or electrostatic potential $\phi=\phi(x,y,z)$ be quantized? If yes, will these quanta be photons again? But we don't have an ...
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Force on a test charge placed at the center of a 13-sided regular polygon?

Assume a test charge with charge $Q$ is placed at the center of a 13-sided regular polygon, the vertices of which are charges with equal charge $q$. What is the electrical force on the center charge? ...
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Why isn't the electrical field between two parallel conducting plates quadrupled?

For the sake of clarity and brevity, here is the description from my textbook (Halliday & Resnick 9th): This description states that the electric field is doubled. I am seriously confused. When ...
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Gravitational redshift of temperature and electrostatic potential

Consider a charged black hole in four-dimensional Minkowski spacetime, with charge $Q$, mass $M>Q$: $ds^2=-f(r)dt^2+\frac{1}{f(r)}dr^2+r^2d\Omega_2^2$, with $f(r)=1-\frac{2M}{r}+\frac{Q^2}{r^2}$. ...
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Does corona discharge charged insulator?

Does corona discharge charged insulator? I draw a diagram to make it simpler to understand. Electrons form negative side is accelerated due to electric field and accumulate on insulator surface. Gas ...
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Does higher voltage and plate area cause more separation between leaves in electroscope?

Does higher voltage cause more separation between leaves in electroscope? Will higher voltage and plate area attract more charge since Q = CV.
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How does food plastic wrap get positive and negative charges on opposite sides of the plastic?

Related: Why two objects get charged by rubbing? After reading the above question’s answer given by Luboš Motl in terms of the triboelectric effect, I believe I have a good grasp on how charge is ...
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Measurement of speed of static electric field propagation?

Could one measure the time delay between charging up an electrode and measuring the static electric field at some distance? For example I've looked up the specifications of an Electric Field Meter ...
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Charging the plates before making the capacitor

Basically, a simple capacitor will consist of 2 plates and a dielectric material between them, what if i took 2 plates, charged one with a +ve charge and the other with equal -ve charge, then i put ...
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Capacitor with different charges on each plate

I am confused as to whether/how capacitance changes when each plate has a different charge. For example, consider a coaxial cable and put $20Q$ on the outer cable, and $-Q$ on the inner. Or how about ...