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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Finding Green function using eigenfunction expansion method

Given the Dirichlet boundary condition, I am to show that the functions that satisfy $(\nabla ^2 + k_{lmn}^2) \psi_{lmn} (x,y,z) = 0$ are given by $\psi_{lmn} = (\frac{\pi}{2x})^{1/2} J_{l+1/2}(x) ...
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Why does a faraday cage protect you from high currents?

In an electrostatic case it is clear that that in a space enclosed with a conductor (without charge in it) the electric field is zero. This is often demonstrated in physics shows like on the ...
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What is the purpose of differential form of Gauss Law?

I am learning the differential form of Gauss Law derived from the divergence theorem. $${\rm div}~ \vec{E} =\frac{\rho}{\epsilon_0}.$$ So far in my study of math and physics, the word "differential" ...
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Does all electrical insulator can be electrostatically charged?

Does all electrical insulator can be electrostatically charged, or insulator with only dielectric property can? Thank you.
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Is the system of equations of electrostatics underdetermined or overdetermined? [duplicate]

The following equations are equations of electrostatics: $$\nabla \times \vec E=0$$ $$\nabla\cdot\vec E=\dfrac{\rho}{\epsilon_0}.$$ These are 4 independent equations, while $\vec E$ has only 3 ...
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How to find the equillibrium points using Jacobian and Hessian?

Given that I have Jacobian and Hessian matrices of three particles interacting with each other in a harmonic trap through Coulomb's law in a 2D plane, how do I find the equilibrium points of them (I ...
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Apply Gauss' Law to find Electric Field around nonconducting plastic sheets

The question: Two very large, nonconducting plastic sheets, each 10.0 cm thick, carry uniform charge densities $\sigma_1$,$\sigma_2$,$\sigma_3$ and $\sigma_4$ on their surfaces, as shown in the ...
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Why does ebonite rod gets negatively charged when rubbed with fur [duplicate]

What I think is : The protons are present at the centre of the atom with rotating electrons around it so when it is rubbed by fur the electrons get passed from the ebonite rod to the fur leaving the ...
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Maximum potential of a van de graaff generator

I know that we can calculate the maximum potential of a van de graaff generator by ( radius* electric field in which corona discharge begin to form in the surrounding gas( according to wikipedia 30 ...
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Issue with running a Van De Graaff generator

I am following this online video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsT69XnjxgU but my Van De Graaff generator is not working. I am using pvc pipes for the body, nylon and electrical tape as two rollers, ...
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Charging a Capacitor?

How is the charge +q given to the one plate to the capacitor with the help of a battery, does the battery remove electrons from the plate and +ve charge gets accumulated on one plate?Does it? And one ...
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Some basic questions related to electricity [closed]

Note These questions may be incorrect. 1) Why do positive charges flow from high potential to lower, but the electrons do not? Am I wrong? 2) Does battery supply charge to a conductor? I read it ...
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Do we apply electrostatics correctly?

In the definition of the electrical field we use the concept of a test charge because we state that the point charge is required for the direct application of the Coloumb's Law and its infinitesimal ...
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What force keeps electrostatic charge from exiting a metals surface

I understand that in electrostatics all charges are 'static' due to equal forces acting upon them. This then leads to the fact that the arising electric field must be perpendicular to the metals ...
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Electric potential and maximum charge on a conductor

Does increasing the amount of electric charge on a conductor cause an increase in its electric potential to a point at which it becomes maximum; where it can hold no more extra charge? Is it true? ...
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Why do surfaces act like barriers for electrons?

Say you have a conductor, filled with free electrons. The nuclei have a weak pull on the valence electrons so they are moving around in the conductor. But the electrons don't leave the solid. If you ...
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Why does $E=\nabla\phi$ follow from $\nabla\times E=0$?

I understand that using one of Maxwell's equations, $$\vec{\nabla} \times \vec{E}(\vec{x})=0,$$ it can be said that $$\vec{E}(\vec{x})=-\vec \nabla \phi(\vec{x}).$$ However, I can't find or ...
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Can a liquid insulator be electrically charged by touching a charged conductor?

Can a liquid insulator be electrically charged by touching a charged conductor? I understand that solid insulator will only be charge on the surface where it is touch, but the case is different ...
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Gauss law from Gauss divergence theorem [duplicate]

Apply Gauss divergence theorem to the gravitational field due to a spherical object of mass M and uniform density located at origin. Obtain Gauss law for gravitation in integral and differential ...
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Maxwells' equations and Coulomb's law

Coulomb's law and Maxwell's equations should be consistant as one can be derived from the other. Say we have a point charge with such a charge that $-kq=1$, meaning that at any point the electric ...
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What is the potential field of an ion near the Bohr radius?

I figure that at large enough distances, the potential field of an ion is just the Coulomb potential for its net charge. But what happens at scales comparable to the ion's Bohr radius? Could there be, ...
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A rod of charge?

Say you have a finite rod of conducting charge. The field from one side of the rod looks like Figure 1: At the centre of the sheet, the field lines are straight because of symmetry. (for an ...
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Questions about Van de Graaff generator

Only asking those questions because I can't afford to get a real generator. If the voltage on the sphere was 50 kV, then I used a metal rod to discharge it and I connected a voltmeter to wire ...
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Electric field from a sheet of charge?

Does anyone have images of the electric field created by a real plate of charge? I'm not looking for an image of a theoretical infinite sheet of charge, I'm looking for an image of a real large one. ...
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Field inside a conductor?

If the above image is a cross section of a conductor, the field at the point shown is not zero. So the field inside a conductor is not zero at all points. You could argue that the electrons would ...
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Different units in the equations of electrostatics in macroscopic media

I have the usual equations of electrostatics in macroscopic media expressed in Gaussian units: $$\nabla\cdot\vec{D}=4\pi\rho$$ $$\nabla\times\vec{E}=0$$ $$\vec{D}=\vec{E}+4\pi\vec{P} \tag1$$ My ...
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Force and Energy of interaction of conducting sphere and point charge

A completely isolated neutral conducting sphere of radius $R$ is kept such that its center is at a distance of $r\left(>R\right)$ from a point charge $+Q$. How can I find the force of ...
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Influence of a Capacitance Matrix of a voltage measurment

I am having a problem in understanding how in a multiconductor system the Capacitance Matrix influences the measure of voltage between two electrodes. In the case that interest me we have 4 ...
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Why is the field inside a hollow sphere zero?

Say you have a hollow sphere with a uniformly distributed charge on the surface. Why is the electric field everywhere inside the sphere zero? For the centre, its easy to add the vectors from the ...
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Capacitance of a free conductor

Consider a ideal conductor in free space.For all purposes here,the zero of the potential is taken at infinity. Suppose I give a charge $Q$ to the conductor.As a result,the conductor will have a ...
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Non-Conservative Behaviour of Static Electric Field

Static electric fields are supposed to be conservative in nature and therefore give $0J$ work if traversed over a loop. However in the following problem I got non zero work by a static electric field. ...
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Why is liquid behaving differently in electro osmosis and in electro spray?

Why is it that in electro osmosis the liquid will be attracted to the electrode having the same polarity sign as the one of the capillary walls but in electro spraying the liquid, once escaping the ...
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Conductors and their charge?

Why does excess positive charge stay on the surface of a conductor? This is what I understood from: How does positive charge spread out in conductors? and other resources on the web: If there is a ...
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How to choose Gaussian surfaces while solving problems?

I have a doubt regarding this problem: Two large identical flat metal plates are placed parallel to one another, seperated by a small distance compared to their linear size. One plate is given a ...
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Understanding Calculus Notation in Physics

I have just started a first-year calculus-based physics course about electromagnetism and waves. I am having trouble understanding what calculus notation means in the context of physics. Here is a ...
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Does any object placed in an electric field change the electric field?

Lets say I have a point charge of magnitude $+q$, All around it I would have a symmetric radial electric field. Now if I place a neutral object lets say a sphere (doesn't matter insulating or ...
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Why is it easier to **just** rub charge onto something?

We have all experienced the mild zaps caused by static build up of charges due to triboelectric effect Electric field strenth of air = $ 3 × 10^6 Vm^{-1} $ Now, suppose we feel the zaps after ...
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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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Flux through a conduting cylinder?

A point charge of magnitude $Q$ is placed inside a conducting cylinder of length $L$ and radius $R$ at its centre. What is the flux through the cylinder? I know that I have to use Gauss Law here ...
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Surface charge density relation with the radius of curvature at the surface of a conductor [closed]

In a text book it was given that the surface charge density of a conductor at a particular region on its surface is inversely proportional to the radius of curvature at that region. I didn't ...
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Spherical harmonics

Given the following potential: $$V(\theta,\phi)=\frac{Q}{a}\left(\sin\theta \cos\phi+\frac{1}{2}\cos^2\theta\right)$$ on the surface of a sphere of radius $a$ I am trying to solve Laplace's Equation ...
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Capacitors in parallel and dieletric [closed]

I'm trying to solve this problem: Two capacitors of capacitance $C_1=200pF$ and $C_2=1000pF$ are connected in parallel and loaded to a potential difference of $400V$. Subsequently the space ...
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can we charge a neutral glass rod by touching it with charged glass rod?

Can we charge a neutral glass rod by touching it with charged glass rod?Can we charge similar objects by contact of which one is charged and other neutral?
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Show that the electric field, $\mathbf{\vec{E}}$ cannot be generated by any static distribution of charges

Show that the electric field $$\mathbf{\vec{E}}=\begin{pmatrix}0 \\ E_0x \\ 0\end{pmatrix}$$ where $E_0$ is a constant, cannot be generated by any static distribution of charges. I understand ...
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Is this configuration correct for this spherical capacitor? [duplicate]

This capacitance contain 4 dielectric as shown in the figure dielectric 1 in half sphere and 2,3 in for 1/4 of the sphere and the fourth one in the last 1/4 of the sphere as shown and I want to find ...
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Why are there dust particles on TV screens?

My professor gave us the following reason: The screen is positively charged. When dust particles fly near it, the positive charges in the screen induce a charge in the dust particle, pulling the ...
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what is the mechanism of water conductivity?

I'm trying to wrap my head around the kelvin water drop generator and more specifically what happens in the water before it drops. If on one side the drops of water are positive and on the other side ...
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Field created by a wire, known voltage

I am having some mental troubles with this problem I came across reading about transmission lines (I mean, it is not a problem from a book, I just thought about it). Say I have a couple of wires ...
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Why do I still get static shocks when hands are wet?

Quite a few times now I have washed my hands, and while my hands are still wet I will touch something metal and get a static shock. I thought static electricity doesn't really build up when there's a ...