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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What are eigenfunctions in a box which includes two kinds of medium?

I have to solve a problem of mathematical physics. There is a simple case which can inspire me to solving a more complex case. Considering a metal box in 2D $0<x<a$ and $0<y<b$. And ...
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Find the points where potential is null

Let's say we have two charges called $q_1$ and $q_2$, respectively $20 \, C$ and $-40\,C$, at a distance $d=1\,m$ We want to find all the points where electric potential is null. I solved the ...
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Boundary conditions of this problem

We have A point charge, a homogeneously charged insulator with total charge $Q''$ which is a ball with radius $R$, a conducting metal ball with charge $Q'$, radius $R$ and a grounded metal (no ...
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A little question about Gauss' Law

So I've just learned Gauss' Law a few days ago. I also worked out some applications of Gauss' Law. But I have a little confusion. In a couple of books that I referred, I found a statement that I don't ...
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Laplace's Equation - under what circumstances does it hold?

I'm currently taking an EM course whereby we deal with systems that satisfy Laplace's equation $\nabla^2 \phi = 0$. Examples include permeable sphere in a magnetic field and metal sphere in electric ...
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Boundary conditions in Electrostatics

If I have a grounded conducting material, then I know that $\phi=0$ inside this material, no matter what the electric configuration in the surrounding will be. Now I have a conducting material that ...
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Coulomb & Electric Fields (Highschool Physics)

If an electric field is said to have a strength of $10^{-15} N/C$, what does this mean? N is Newtons, C is coulomb - I'm not sure how they link? So then I am asked to calculate the force on the ...
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Electric field energy

Is it true that $\int_V \rho \phi $ is the equation for the energy of a charge distribution in an external potential and $\frac{1}{2} \int_V \rho \phi$ is the equation for the energy of a charge ...
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What is the first non-vanishing multipole moment of this configuration?

Imagine that you have a triangle where each side has the length $a$ and a charge $q$ sitting at every vertex. Additionally, we have a charge $-3q$ sitting in the center of the triangle. What is the ...
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Charge On parallel plate capacitor?

Suppose if we supply two plates of parallel plate capacitor with charges $Q_1$ and $Q_2$.What would be the charge of the capacitor? As the field inside plate should be zero and hence using gauss law I ...
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Electric Field due to a disk of charge. (Problem in derivation)

This might be a really silly question, but I don't understand it. In finding the electric field due to a thin disk of charge, we use the known result of the field due to a ring of charge and then ...
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Gauss’s Law inside the hollow of charged spherical shell

Use Gauss’s Law to prove that the electric field anywhere inside the hollow of a charged spherical shell must be zero. My attempt: $$\int \mathbf{E}\cdot \mathbf{dA} = \frac{q_{net}}{e}$$ $$\int E ...
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Neutral shell(with a charge inside) in an electric field

A positive point charge $Q$ is kept eccentrically inside a neutral conducting shell. An external uniform field E is applied. Then: a) Force on Q due to E is zero b) Net force on Q is zero ...
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Earnshaw Theorem for ionic solids

Is a single molecule of sodium chloride (say) or a cluster of molecules of NaCl unstable, although macroscopically NaCl is in fact, stable? How can I reason this based on Earnshaw's theorem?
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Earnshaw's theorem for extended conducting bodies

I read on Wiki that Earnshaw's theorem has been proven for extended conducting bodies. If we consider the case of a positive charge at the centre of a symmetric metal cavity- the positive charge and ...
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Charging a spherical capacitance

How could one charge a spherical capacitor with a battery or any other emf source?
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Green function two solutions questions

I am having some trouble with Green functions in electrostatics What is the meaning of this trick: Given $$\vec{\nabla}^2 V(\vec{r}) = \frac{-1}{\varepsilon_0}\rho(\vec{r}) = ...
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How to find the electric field due to a point charge in 3 dimensions?

A point charge with charge $+q$ is situated at $(x,y,z)$. How do I find the electric field at $(p,q,r)$? $E=k\frac{q}{r^2}$, right? So why isn't the electric field, ...
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Stopping an isolated metal ion

If we obtain something like a single isolated hydrogen atom I.e. $H^+$ is it possible by keeping it in a system of charged rings to contain and stop it at the centre of the system? Any positively ...
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Electric field due to charge in one direction

I am supposed to calculate the electric field due to the charge density $\rho(x) = Ax e^{-\lambda |x|},$ where the density is supposed to be homogenous in $y,z$ direction. The problem is, that the ...
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electrostatics numerical [closed]

Two insulated copper spheres have their centers separated by a distance of 50cm. If charge on each sphere is 6.5×10⁷C, what is the mutual force of repulsion when the spheres are placed in water? The ...
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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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Charge Distribution On Hollow Sphere

Say we have a hollow conducting sphere (with some finite thickness). If this object has an excess charge amounting to +Q coulomb, and there is no extra electric field in the surroundings (due to ...
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Electric Potential Change

Imagine we have a conductor in the shape of a sphere with charge $Q$ on it. The conductor is not grounded. There is an associated potential $V=\frac{Q}{4\pi\epsilon_0 R}$ at and in the sphere, where ...
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When to use which representation for an electric field

In class we covered three types of possibilities to evaluate the electric field for static problems. Unfortunately, most physics textbooks cover these ways without addressing the question of ...
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Electric potential is zero but non zero electric field?

What is the physical significance of such a point where electric field is non-zero but electric potential is zero? I mean, how can we understand this concept without mathematics?
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Can the potential difference produced in Van De Graff generator used to generate electric current?

If this machine can build up high voltages of order of millions of volts, can we use this volt the generate current of electrons? The building up of potential difference can result in electric field. ...
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Electric field and magnetic field question here?

Are the energy of the electric field and the energy of the magnetic field concentrated on their sources OR are they scattered in the environment where the fields arent zero? Can you base your answer ...
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Solving non-linear ODE for divalent solution at a 1-D surface boudary

I am trying to solve the following equation for a positively charged plane with charge density $\sigma$ at $z = 0$. $$ \phi''(z)=-\frac{e}{\epsilon \epsilon_0} \big(z_+n_{+} e^{-\beta z_+ ...
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Weird consequence of Gauss's law

According to Gauss's Law, the electric field at a surface is the function of only the charge enclosed inside it. But that doesn't make sense. I mean, if I put the surface in an electric field, won't ...
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Classical static equilibrium in atomic physics

Consider a collection of $n+1$ mass weighted points in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Suppose we have one mass located at the point (0,0,0) with mass $m\in\mathbb{N}$ and further suppose we have $n$ masses arranged ...
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How to solve the Laplace equation in ellipsoidal coordinates?

It seems that popular textbooks on electrodynamics do not discuss how to solve the Laplace equation in ellipsoidal coordinates. I could not find any reference, but there must be references about this. ...
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Does the induced charge on a conductor stay at the surface?

My textbook says that when a conductor is placed in an electric field, the electrons in it realign so that the net electric field inside the conductor is zero. There isn't a proof for this. It merely ...
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quantum mechanics. Electromagnetics

In electromagnetics the intensity of a wave is calculated taking the squared of its amplitude. What is the reason why in quantum waves this cannot be applied to calculate it?
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Isn't $\varepsilon_0\int_{\text{all space}}\vec{E}_1\cdot\vec{E}_2 \,{\rm d}v$ just the potential energy?

I have two metallic spheres each with a charge of $q_1$ and $q_2$ respectively. What is the value of $$\varepsilon_0\int_{\text{all space}} \vec{E}_1\cdot\vec{E}_2 \,{\rm d}v$$ where $\vec{E}_1$ and ...
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Breakdown voltage

Capacitor (Geiger counter) is made out of wire with radius $R_1 = 5 mm$ and coaxial tube with radius $R_2 = 5 cm$. What is the maximum voltage on the capacitor, given the breakdown voltage of air ...
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Electric potential energy and signs

I know that electric potential is negative near a negative charge and positive near a positive charge. But does this mean a small positive 'test' charge has a negative electric potential energy near a ...
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Gauss' law question

It's actually a teaching conflict at my school. They said that $$\text{Flux}=\frac{q}{\varepsilon_0}.$$ Say for a point charge at the centre of the sphere and let's say we not put water into the ...
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Law of Gauss. Electrostatics

I have seen on the internet that many times people assert that inside a cylindric condenser the electrostatic field is null due to the fact that the Gauss flux inside is null. But I wanted to make ...
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Charge distribution inside a parallel plate capacitor [closed]

I'm having difficulty deriving a known expression for the magnitude of the Electric Field within a parallel plate capacitor with applied potential difference $V$ and an immobile charge distribution ...
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Electric Field inside a regular polygon with corner charges

If we have equal charges located at the corners of a regular polygon, then the electric field at its center is zero. Are there other points inside a polygon where the field vanishes? The simplest ...
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Charged particle between two parallel likely charged plates, is it affected by the plates?

Imagine two parallel conductive plates. Charge up both to have the same amount of positive charge. Then put positive test particle between the two. The Coulomb's law is an inverse square law, so one ...
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What is the correct way to take out equivalent capacitance here?

So here I have a capacitor with two plates , one positively charged and one negatively, as shown in the figure. Now the material between them is $k_1$ for thickness d/2 and $k_2$ for the other d/2. ...
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Energy expended in moving point charge in E field. Having trouble understanding an excerpt from E&M textbook

To move charge from one point to another in an electric field, the force which we must apply is equal and opposite to the force due to the field. (Quoted from Engineering Electromagnetics by ...
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Could Charles-Augustin de Coulomb measure the charge in Coulombs?

Did Charles-Augustin de Coulomb know: Coulomb's constant Coulomb (as a unit) if not then what was the first time it was measured?
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Protons (as opposed to neutrons) to mediate nuclear fission?

I am just wondering why are protons (as opposed to neutrons) not used to mediate nuclear fission? Is it because it is charged, so we will have to input more unnecessary energy to overcome the Coulomb ...
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Calculating the electrostatic energy per unit length of a cylindrical shell surrounded by a coaxial cable

Suppose an infinitely long cylindrical shell of radius $a$ carries a surface charge density $\sigma_0$ and is surrounded by a coaxial cable of inner radius $b$ and outer radius $c$ with uniform charge ...
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2D Gauss law vs residue theorem

I used to have a vague feeling that the residue theorem is a close analogy to 2D electrostatics in which the residues themselves play a role of point charges. However, the equations don't seem to add ...
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Why does Gauss's law work for a charge off center in a spherical surface?

CASE 1: Consider an enclosed spherical surface with a charge $q$ at its centre. From Gauss' law we can say that the flux through this sphere is $q/\epsilon_0$. CASE 2: The charge is inside but off ...
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Force between two charges containing several dielectrics between them

The following question is quite similar to mine. Dielectric modification of electrostatic equations? However, the answer does not prove satisfactory to me. The formula given in the above problem ...