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Determining the capacitance of a system with a non-homogenous dielectric

In an experiment we were given non-homogenous dielectric substances described by functions of coordinate. How can capacitance be determined from this?
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Electric field between two conducting plates of different potential?

not sure if this question's been asked before, though I couldn't see one in my brief search on here... Well, the problem I am trying to solve is that I want to determine the electric field strength ...
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Is it meaningful to imagine a sphere uniformly charged with 2e?

If the charge is large, considering charge density is usually meaningful despite the discrete nature of electrical charge. The following sentence is part of a problem in a textbook on ...
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Electric potential inside a conductor

I just began studying electrostatics in university, and I didn't understand completely why the electric potential due to a conducting sphere is $$ V(\vec{r})=\begin{cases} ...
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Physical interpretation of single layer potential in the plane

Let $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^2$ be a bounded domain with smooth boundary $\partial\Omega$. The single layer potential with charge density $f$ sitting on $\partial\Omega$ is defined by ...
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Question regarding Van De Graff generator Belt

I have made a VDG generator with a rubber band as the belt and a glass roller. It doesnt seem to work because I think the rubber band may be conductive. I was thinking of using other materials for ...
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How do electrostatic air filters really work?

Supposedly electronic air filters work by ionizing dust (small airborne particles) and then attracting them to filter plates of the opposite charge. What I don't understand is why the filter plates ...
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Directly calculate electric potential due to a spherical volume charge

Q: Say we have a uniformly charged sphere with radius $R$, total charge $Q$. Now we need to find out the electric potential inside the sphere, at a distance r from the centre. I understand that we ...
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Why does a conductor shield its inside from its outside, but not vice versa?

A point charge outside a hollow conducting sphere will produce no field in the hollow interior: the metal shields the interior. But a point charge inside the hollow interior will produce a field ...
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How should one interpret $\vec{f}=0$ in an ideal battery?

In a circuit there are two forces that act on the charges to keep the current uniform through out,$\vec{f}=\vec{E}+\vec{f_s}$, where $\vec{E}$ is the electrostatic field and $\vec{f_s}$ is the ...
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Is it equivalent to derive Gauss's law from discrete and continuous source distributions?

I've seen two derivations for Gauss's law in electrostatics. The first assumes a discrete charge distribution, the second a continuous one: Use superposition $$\vec{E}=\sum_{i=1}^n\vec{E}_i,$$ so ...
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Disturbing a line of infinite alternating charges

Consider a line of infinite number of alternating charges. All are point charges having charge of same magnitude and are placed in a line. Neglect the effect of gravity here. Consider one of the ...
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How is the electostatic field propagated by the vacuum? How does a charge feel the presence of another charge when there is NOTHING between them?

Is the word "vacuum" equal to "nothing"? Imagine two charges of opposite sign, far from one another in vacuum, and moving with constant velocity - s.t. none radiates energy, none emits photons. At ...
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Electrostatic Potential Energy Integral

I'm trying to calculate the total energy of a simple two charge system through the integral for electrostatic energy of a system given in Griffiths' book: $$U = \frac{\epsilon_0}{2}\int_V E^2 dV .$$ ...
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Find the field of two infinite strips of width $b$ [closed]

Q:The two charged strips in the following picture have width $b$, infinite height,and negligible thickness(in the direction perpendicular to the page).Their densities per unit area are $\sigma$ ...
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Protect drone from lightning [closed]

I am designing a dirigible, robotic drone. It is basically a polyurethane airship, approx 3.6 m length and 2.1 m diameter. I am worried about lightnings: as far as I know, a Faraday Cage should be ...
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Why does charge distribute evenly between two halves of a conducting sphere?

Always while studying I was told that if two identical spheres, one charged and the other uncharged, are brought together the charge in each one of them is halved. However, why does it happen? Is it ...
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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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Electric field intensity of spherical shell (with cut out cap)

Consider a charged spherical shell of radius $R$ and surface charge density $\sigma$. Choose a point on the surface of the shell and cut a spherical cap of radius $a \ll R$. What is the electric field ...
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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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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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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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How do capacitors work?

Say you have a battery, with a wire connecting the negative and positive terminal. Initially, (the transient state) the electric field is not uniform and is perpendicular to the surface of the cross ...
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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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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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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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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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Why does cloud-ground lightning occur so much less frequently over ocean?

I was talking with an acquaintance about lightning, and we came up with opposite theories and predictions for the frequency of lightning over ocean. My theory is that since seawater is a fluid ...
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Slight variation to method of images

Suppose a point charge $q$ is located at $(x=0,y=0,z=d)$, and that along the $x$-$y$ plane is a infinite plate of potential $V = 0$. Then the method of images solves Laplace's equation for the ...
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If Electricity and magnetism are the same viewed from a different reference frame then is electricity medium dependant?

If Electricity and magnetism are the same viewed from a different reference frame (they are the same force as unified by maxwell) then is electricity medium dependant? I came to this question when ...
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Measurements from inside conductors

We have known for some time now that when electric field is applied across any conducting shell, then electric field inside it would be zero. It also has some fantastic applications such as ...
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How can electrostatic forces provide lift to the gossamer spider?

I was reading this article entitled "“Ballooning” Spiders Use Electrostatic Forces To Generate Lift". What I would like to know is how can a electrostatically charged object generate lift within the ...
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Electrostatics:2 concentric spheres

An external charge when brought close to a conductor induces bound charges on the nearer side and free charges on the further side so that the field induced in the conductor can counterbalance the ...
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Charge and conducting thick slab

I have thought over this problem but I haven't found the solution: There is an electric charge $q$ at a distance $d$ from a conducting slab with thickness $t$, the problem is to find the potential ...
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Where can I find a database for dielectric constants in the visible range?

I am looking for a database of dielectric constants in the visible range and I could not find them by Googling, so I was wondering whether anybody here knows where I can find those parameters for some ...
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Difference between parallel and series capacitors

Basically, I can't figure out that whether a capacitor is connected in series or parallel. The same problem occurs while solving for resistors. Can someone help me understand this difference ...
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Why doesn't an electrometer's capacitance influence the measurement of voltage?

I've read on the subject in several books, and none of them mentioned whether we can neglect electrometer's influence on the measurement of the voltage or not. Maybe my question sounds a bit stupid, ...
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Question regarding inverse relation of resistance with area of cross section

It is said that resistance is inversely proportional to area of cross section. But greater area will have greater electric flux, and greater electric flux will have greater magnetic flux, and greater ...
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Behavior of the electric field on boundary surfaces

Consider this picture. Integrating over this infinitesimal box gives the following equivalencies: $$\int_{\Delta V} d^3r~{\rm div} \vec{E}(\vec{r}) = \int_{S(\Delta V)} d\vec{f} \cdot ...
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Boundary conditions for Laplace's equation

Given a grounded conducting sphere, $V=0$ and $radius = R$, centered at the origin with a pure electric dipole (dipole moment $\vec p$) situated at the origin and pointing along the positive $z$ axis, ...
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Induced charge on sphere

I have a conducting sphere ($radius = a$) at potential $V_0$. It is enclosed by another thin shell ($radius = b, b > a$) which has a charge density $\sigma (\theta) = \sigma_0 \cos(\theta)$ for the ...
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Is electron velocity at induction higher than in a wire?

When looking to the electrostatic induction on a microscopic level, do the electrons really move with high velocities or they move like when a current passes through the wire (slowly).
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Potential Inside Conducting Cube

A cubical box with sides of length L consists of six metal plates. Five sides of the box { the plates at $x=0, x=L, y=0, y=L, z=0$ - are grounded. The top of the box (at z = L) is made of a separate ...
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Maxwell Stress Tensor in the absence of a magnetic field

I'm having some trouble calculating the stress tensor in the case of a static electric field without a magnetic field. Following the derivation on Wikipedia, Start with Lorentz force: $$\mathbf{F} = ...
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Electrostatic charge leakage

What are the ways electrostatic charged objects leak charge in humid conditions? Can airborne particles pick up charge by contact, then be repelled hence removing charge? If so would it be a ...
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Electric field inside and outside a metallic hollow sphere

1) It is known that inside a metallic hollow sphere it will not experience outside electric field because of the charge separation of electrons and holes at the surface of sphere and creating an equal ...
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Working out the electric field from applied energy

I have created a simulation of one electron bouncing through a 3D mesh of molecules. The electron hopping is determined by a calculation of electron transfer rate using the Marcus equation (a result ...
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What is the energy of interaction between a point charge and an infinite cylinder?

I don't remember enough from my electromagnetism course and I can't find any simple, full example on this subject. I know, that I can consider the cylinder as a wire with the same charge density ...
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electrostatic potential, analytic properties

An electrostatic potential associated with some delocalized charge $\int \rho(\mathbf{r}) d{\mathbf{r}}$ is given by: $$v_H(\mathbf{r}) = \int ...
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Energy in electric field

I'm having some trouble understanding a homework question and would appreciate some help. The question is as follows: Jenny charges a capacitor with the help of a battery. She then removes the ...