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What would be electric potential due to induced charge sphere?

We know that the potential at the center of the charged sphere (if it is conductor) would be $$V_o = \frac{1}{4\pi E_0}\frac{+q}{x}$$ If the distance between charges is x from their center of the ...
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a question about work needed to move a charge towards another one [duplicate]

Consider two charges $q_1>0$ & $q_2>0$ separated by a distance $d_1$, and we want to move charge $q_2$ to a distance $d_2$ from $d_1$ where $d_1-d_2>0$. I need to calculate the work ...
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Why does the field of an electric dipole drop off as $1/r^3$?

Electric field of a point charge drops off inverse squarely but that of a dipole varies as $1/r^3$. Why the field drops off more quickly for a dipole?
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simple force question

So given this diagram, I was supposed to find the magnitude and direction of the net force on the -10nC charge on the bottom right corner. I found the magnitude by myself using Coulomb's law for the ...
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In the electric field we have dielectrics.What about the magnetic field?

Do we have insulators in the magnetic field just like we have dielectrics in the electric field? How are they called and how do they work?
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What is the meaning when we say something is at the higher potential and the other is at lower and wht is the direction of flow of charge? [duplicate]

Electric potential is defined as the work done in bringing per unit positive charge from infinity to a point in the electric field of some other charge. let me explain what i actually want to ask. ...
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Point with zero electric potential inside triangle [closed]

If we have three equal point charges placed on a two dimensional plane at $(a_x, a_y)$, $(b_x, b_y)$ and $(c_x, c_y)$, what would then be the coordinates of the point at which the electric ...
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Static electricity and insulators

I've read that Stephen Gray in his experiments on electricity, he has found that static electricity can be conducted -transferred- through an insulator thread made of silk. So, how could that happen ...
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Is it possible that the charged sphere can lose mass by adding electron?

While studying Electrostatics, I was wondering about whether a charged sphere gains or loses mass while just adding electrons? If it is possible then the negatively charged sphere will have more mass ...
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Electric Flux through a lamina

I was wondering what the electric flux would be through a square (or any planar lamina for that matter) if I placed a charge at the centre of the square. I think that it will be 0 since none of the ...
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Potential of an infinitely long cylinder

Suppose I have an infinitely long cylinder with radius $R$, charged with longitudinal density $\lambda$. I want to calculate the potential outside the cylinder. The field induced by the cylinder is ...
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What do we mean by this statement : “some positive charge is put on a metal piece”?

What do we mean by this statement : "some positive charge is put on a metal piece" ? (I know it will be distributed on the surface of the metal piece, if metal is isolated.) Electrons are ...
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Half infinite conductor and two charges [closed]

We have a half infinite conductor that fills half the space in the area left of the xz-plane (so $y>0$). We put two charges in the space right of it, one charge $+q$ at $y=d$ and one $+q$ at ...
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How can I prevent my son building up static on his trampoline? [duplicate]

Whenever my three year old son plays on his trampoline, it doesn't take very long for him to start building up a significant amount of static electricity. His hair stands on end (which is quite ...
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Calculating the potential of 2 spherical perfect conductors with the image method

I am searching for a way to calculate the potential on the surface of two perfect conductors that are spheres. I am not sure my method is correct. Here is a diagram of what I am studying : They ...
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If the electrostatic potential is zero, why doesn't the electric field have to be zero?

I thought the relation between the electrostatic field $\vec E$ and the electrostatic potential $V$ is as follows: $$\vec E = - \nabla V$$ Thus, when $V$ is zero, $\vec E$ is also zero.
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What happens when a conducting plate is grounded?

(1) When I ground a conducting metal plate, is all the charge on the plate transferred to earth? By this I mean charge on surface of the plate and charge inside the plate. Inside metal plate there ...
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Why does the sphere with the smaller radius (r1) have the greater charge density?

Suppose two charged conducting spheres of different radii $r_1$ and $r_2 > r_1$ are very far apart but connected by a conducting wire. Why does the sphere with the smaller radius $(r_1)$ have the ...
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Sign of Gaussian surface that encloses negative charge

I can't solve a contradiction that have appeared in my head. Let's assume we have a negative charge, if we enclose it by a spherical surface and $A$ is surface of the sphere, then we will have ...
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Calculating the amount of charges for an object that is electrostatically induced

Induction is one of the ways to get an object electrostatically charged. While positive charges accumulate on one side, negative charges accumulate on the other side for an object in an electric ...
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is speed of light is the limit [closed]

If an electron is away from a proton about 1 kilometer and the proton is fixed what will be the velocity of electron when they collide? I calculated it its speed was coming out to be more than the ...
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Physical intuition for quadrupole source

In his Theory of Vortex Sound M. S. Howe defines sources "mathematically" (i.e. dipole is a source that could be described as a vector and than there is proved that it's equivalent to a two point ...
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Current in discharging capacitor through fixed resistor?

In the textbook I'm using for physics it says that the charge left on the plates of a capacitor after time $t$, that is discharging through a fixed resistor, is $Q=Q_0e^{-t/\tau}$ where $\tau=RC$ is ...
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Electrostatic force has longer range than strong nuclear force?

In my revision guide it says that the electrostatic repulsion between protons in a nucleus has a longer (indefinite, actually) range than the strong nuclear force keeping the nucleons together. So I ...
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What is space charge and how to calculate it?

I want to clarify the meaning of space charge. What I know is that the space charge is the total charge in a small region in space. I really confuse this in the ion beam context. Many text book says ...
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Question about particles in electric fields. Homework question

I am currently working on a homework question and I realized that I don't really understand some of the material that we covered so I hoped that you guys can help me clear up some misunderstandings. ...
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Why is the strong nuclear force > electrostatic repulsion?

In a nucleus there is a gravitational force between the nucleons and also electrostatic repulsion between the protons, and since electrostatic repulson >> gravitational attraction, it follows that ...
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Why can two (or more) electric field lines never cross?

The the title is self explanatory, I guess. Why can two (or more) electric field lines never cross?
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Uniformly charged sheet and metal rods

A friend of mine asked me a question. Suppose there are two metal rods which are placed in front of a uniformly charged non-conducting plane one after other with their length perpendicular to the ...
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Does Earth also move due to some electrostatic forces?

Does the earth experience some electrostatic forces due to other planets...which also make it move? My question is..whether the earth also moves due to electrostatic force of attraction or only due ...
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Dipoles and Potential Energy

I was pondering about electrostatics, particularly dipoles. How would one go about calculating the difference in potential energy of a dipole an arbitrary distance away from an arrangement of another ...
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Electric field in a conductor

Is it always true that the electric field in a conductor is zero? What would happen if I put a very big charge inside an ungrounded hollow conducting sphere like this image? The charges inside the ...
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Charging a capacitor (terminals)

When a battery is connected to a conductor electrons are repelled from the end of the conductor connected to the negative terminal of the battery and flow to the end of the conductor connected to the ...
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Need help on electric potential definition

I'm having trouble understanding electric potential. In my book it says "an electric force acts on a charge situated in an electric field." I understand this part. Then it goes on to say "If a charge ...
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electrostatics and magnetism

Let a square loop be placed in a uniform electric field in a position of stable equilibrium. Then, because of the electric field, if the electric field is in the rightward direction then a positive ...
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Understanding the differences and applications of some electrical equations

In preparing for the AP Physics 2 test tomorrow, (the first year this test is being offered, so this material is not easily searchable), I've been doing some reviewing of the equation sheet and trying ...
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Why does Hauksbee's electrostatic machine produce light?

I'm reading on the history of the discovery of electricity and the electron, and I've went from reading about Rutherford's gold leaf experiment all the way back to Francis Hauksbee's spinning glass ...
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The definition of mutual capacitance

I am not sure I completely understand the definition of mutual capacitance. Let's say we have two conductors, $A$ and $B$, so that the following holds: Both conductors are isolated. $A$ is isolated ...
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Why doesn't a gaussian surface pass through discrete charges?

I have read that Gaussian surface cannot pass through discrete charges. Why is it so? I have even seen in application of Gauss' Law when we imagine a Gaussian Surface passing through a charge ...
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Graph of electric potential

In my AP physics guide the graph for electric potential (for a radial field, i.e. point charge) and gravitational potential (for radial field, i.e. point mass) slightly differ from each other and I ...
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The energy of electric interaction between these dipoles? [closed]

I'm a physics tutor. This is not a homework problem. I'm unable to solve this problem. The energy of electric interaction between these dipoles will be: Choose the correct answer from: I tried ...
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Electric field or static electric field around a plugged-in lamp cord (when lamp is not turned on)?

When an electrical cord from, say, a lamp, is plugged into an AC wall socket, I'm aware that an electric field forms around the entire length of the cord and even before the lamp switch is flipped on. ...
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Graph of energy stored in capacitor?

Question: In an experiment a capacitor is discharged through a constant current. Draw a graph of how the energy stored in the capacitor varies with time. The answer given is: But I seemed to get a ...
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Why the Amount of electric field generate from any small surface of a body is equal to the electric field generated from remaining surface left out?

Recently I just read one property of electrostatics which states that: The amount of electric field generate from any small surface is equal to the electric field generate from remaining surface ...
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Integrating Charged Bodies

Why is it possible to integrate charged bodies by first taking a small charge and adding more small charges around it? Wouldn't the similarly charged particles exert an immense amount of force on ...
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Electric potential at midpoint?

I understand that if you assume the field is uniform between R and S then you can use E=V/d to get E=(30-20)/(0.5)=20Vm^(-1), so the answer is C (which is correct according to the mark scheme). But ...
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Potential Energy of a Molecule

A generic problem asks that we find the total potential energy of a water molecule. Potential energy is given by $\Sigma \ kQ_{1}Q_{2}/r$ where $Q_{1}$ and $Q_{2}$ are the charges of any one bond ...
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Calculation & derivation of de-Broglie wavelength [duplicate]

How to calculate the de Broglie wavelength of an $\alpha$ particle that is accelerated through a potential difference of $V$ from rest.
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Why does Hauksbee orb or a similar device produce light?

This essentially fits well to the question asked earlier but had to placed as a separate question... An interesting and detailed answer was provided. However, there are few points, originating from my ...
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Where does the smell of electrostatic charge come from?

Everybody knows you can produce electrostatic charge rubbing two different materials together. But have you ever smelt e.g. at the plastic after charging it? There actually is a distinct ...