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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Sign issue on electrostatic potential energy

I have been working on a problem about finding the electrostatic potential energy stored on a capacitor of concentric spheres with inner radius $a$ and outer radius $b$ and with charge $Q$. I've got ...
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Electrostatic Potential Definition

In the book, Introduction to electrodynamics by David J. Griffiths, he introduces potential separately as a function and potential energy through that function. How can potential be defined before ...
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Fundamentals of electrostatics

Suppose I have a Gold Leaf Electroscope and the leaves are observed to diverge by a certain amount. Now if I send a beam of X-rays and allow it to fall upon the electroscope for a very short period of ...
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Energy Gain with capacitor?

I have a question about energy gain in capacitors. Assume the following system: As the electron gets accelerated inside the capacitor, it will have more kinetic energy coming out than going in. But ...
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The electric field of a conductive sphere containing a charge - grounded vs not grounded

Let's suppose we have a sphere but unlike theoretical ones it'll have some thickness say $\Delta r$ and inner radius $R$. What I was wondering about is how will it behave if we place some charge $q$ ...
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Why does the area of the plates affect the capacitance?

Why does the area of the plates affect the capacitance? Lets say I have a parallel plate capacitor with a charge of 10C and a potential difference of 5V. By the definition $C=Q/V$, the capacitance is ...
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Curie's principle in electromagnetic field theory

I am looking for some explanation and if possible also some references about the applications of Curie's principle in electromagnetic field Theory, precisely in the computation of magnetic (resp. ...
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Electromotive Force Definition for Induced Current

If in DC , Emf is the work done to carry a unit positive charge from -ve to +ve terminal . What is induced EMF then , in a similar sense ? To carry a unit charge around a loop once along a fixed ...
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About the electrostatic voltage

What's the difference between electrostatic voltage and normal voltage, like the battery's voltage. How to calculate the charge on a charged plate if we knew its electrostatic voltage?
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Potential of a Body

I have a doubt about the electric potential of a body. Well, I know that given a continuous distribution of charge we can find the potential at a point $a$ using the following relation: ...
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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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Static electrical attraction [closed]

Coulomb's law is used to calculate the electrical attraction between 2 charged particles, what formula do I use to calculate an electrical attraction magnitude between 2 plates? Let's assume the first ...
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How to find Electrostatic Potential Difference?

I have a really simple doubt about finding the potential difference in electrostatics. Well, first of all, the definition of potential difference is very clear to me: we take a path between the points ...
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Potential of a conductor depends on the size and shape of the conductor. How?

1) When a charge 'q' is given to an isolated conductor, its potential will change. 2) The change in potential depends on the size and shape of the conductor. I could understand the point no. 1. ...
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Gaussian surface in a charged infinite plance sheet

The following question arises on the use of Gauss law. In the charged finite sheet problem, we consider a Gaussian surface on only one side of the sheet. But, In the case of an infinite sheet, we ...
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Workdone in an equipotential surface is zero?

An equipotential surface is one in which all the points are at the same electric potential. If a charge is to be moved between any two points (say from point A to point B) on an equipotential surface, ...
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Why the direction of dipole moment is from negative charge to positive charge?

An electric dipole moment is defined as $p = q\times 2d$. How to understand it physically? Why the direction of the electric dipole moment is from negative charge to positive charge?
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Where are exactly the charges of charged capacitor?

If a capacitor is connected to a battery and is charged, are there charges inside the wires or do they just accumulate on the surfaces of capacitor?
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How can I prevent my son building up static on his trampoline?

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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Nature of electricity [duplicate]

Suppose a lightning strikes and there is an iron rod and a coconut tree. How does the electricity know that rod is the least resistant path before hand.
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Make water droplets charged?

Normally water molecules are electrically neutral. But I have seen somewhere ideas about electric energy generators mentioning that water droplets might be used in some applications as they are ...
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Why isn't this capacitor charging?

Let's say you have a parallel plate capacitor and you connect one plate to the positive terminal of a battery and the other plate to the negative end. So this is like a static situation, you have a ...
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Can I charge a capacitor using 2 batteries?

1 capacitor, 2 separate batteries (Battery A and Battery B). Connect A+ to one side of the capacitor and B- to the other side of the capacitor. A and B are not connected, there is no closed circuit. ...
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Find the dielectric constant of the medium?

Two point charges a distance $d$ apart in free space exert a force of $1.4\times10^{-4}N$. When the free space is replaced by a homogeneous dielectric medium, the force becomes $0.9\times10^{-4}N$. ...
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Can someone explain this intuitively please?

In a static situation we defined voltage as energy/unit charge, or j/c. As the distance between the charged particles increased, the voltage decreased. Now why do we not apply this in a simple DC ...
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Electric Field One-Form

I know for instance that we can interpret the electric field as the one-form that given a vector gives the change in potential in the direction of the vector, however I'm very unsure about how to ...
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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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Taylor expansion of an integral in spherical co-ordinates

I've some difficulty deriving this equation from Jackson electrodynamics (The equation after 1.30) $$\nabla^2 \Phi_a\left({\textbf{x}}\right)=-\frac{1}{\epsilon_0}\int_{0}^{R} ...
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Parallel capacitors without battery. Does charge flowing after a dielectric input?

If I charge two capacitors which are connected parallel $[$the minus (-) of the one opposite to the minus (-) of the other and the plus(+) of the one opposite to the plus (+) of the other.$]$, will I ...
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Electric Field Lines for Continuous Distribution

I have a doubt about the electric field lines for a continuous distribution. Well, if there's only some point charges, I know that the field starts on the positive ones (or at infinite), ends at ...
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Non conducting charged planes

I have two parallel non conducting charged planes with opposite charges $6\mu C/m^2$, area $A = 3m^2$ and distance between the planes $d = 0.004 m$. I know the potential between these two planes is ...
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continuity of the electric potential due to a surface charge

The Electric potential due to a charge distribution on a surface is : $\Phi \left ( x \right )=\int \frac{\sigma \left ( {x^{}}' \right )dx{}'}{\left \| x-x{}' \right \|}da$ I want to show that it's ...
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Finding Electric Field outside a Charged Cylinder

I'm trying to solve a problem that involves finding the electric field due to a uniformly cylinder of radius $r$, length $L$ and total charge $Q$. Well, my thought was: if I am to use Gauss' Law, I'll ...
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Charge residing on an overpolished surface

I had very well read that when charge is stored on a rough surface, the leakage is very high from the pointed tips of such surfaces, by a phenomenon called action of points. But now, I've come to know ...
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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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Applying Gauss' Law to find Electric Field

I'm in doubt in the application of Gauss' Law to find electric fields when the charge distribution is symmetric. Well, first of all: I know how to find the magnitude of the field - we just enclose the ...
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What happens to this energy of the capacitor?

Let's say you have a charged, isolated parallel plate capacitor with a certain voltage. My book says that if you insert a dielectric, the voltage drops. However, that would require the energy between ...
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Electrostatic induction

Is this a correct definition of electrostatic induction, The production of opposite charges on a neutral body when a charged body is brought near to it? I think it's not the production but ...
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Capacitance of a capacitor

Why does the capacitance of a capacitor increase if the distance between the two plates of a parallel plate capacitor is decreased? I think, with decreasing distance between the two plates, the force ...
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Electric field of a negative charge

Displacing something against the gravitational field, gains it potential energy. Moving something against the nature requires work. If the electric field of a negative source charge 'Q' points inward, ...
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Electric field of a negative charge

How was it discovered that the electric field of a negative charge points towards the charge itself? Is it true? (Courtesy of wikipedia)
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Electric potential of a spheroidal gaussian

I'm looking for results that compute the electrostatic potential due to a spheroidal gaussian distribution. Specifically, I'm looking for solutions of equations of the form $$ ...
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Electrostatic potential and charge

Say we have a balloon, negatively charged, the voltage on it is 500 V. Can I measure the charge on it or in other words, the number of excess electrons?
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How to check units?

I've got: $Q=\frac{Er^2}{k}$ how to check the units? I start with $\left[\frac{\text V}{\text m} \, \text m^2\right]$, tried replacing $[ \text V ]$ with $\left[ \frac{\text J}{\text C} \right]$, but ...
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Electric charge and the distance

The strength of an electric field is: $E = 200\ \mathrm{N/C}$ The potential (of the test charge) is: $V = 600\ \mathrm{V}$ $\epsilon_r=1$ I need to calculate the distance between this point and the ...
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Electric field due to nonconducting sphere

For calculating electric field outside a nonconducting sphere with a hollow spherical cavity. When I use the rule (Charge density= $dQ/dV$), I don't know exactly what is $dV$, is the volume here ...
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Should the electric potential of a positively charged sphere be negative?

Because the indefinite integral of the electric field results in a negative value? (As the function is proportional to $r^{-2}$? I've got to be missing something... Help please!! Thanks! Also, I ...
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Potential due to a spherical surface charge

The potential at the surface of an insulating sphere (radius R) is given by $$V(R,\theta) = k \cos(3\theta)$$ where $k$ is a constant. Use separation of variables to find the potential inside the ...
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Finding final charge distribution on capacitors on grounding

I am trying to solve the following problem on capacitors: Here's the circuit I have to find the total energy loss when all three switches are closed, and subsequent equilibrium attained. I had ...
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Force between two charged rods?

Suppose that we have two rods of length $l_1, l_2$ connected at one end but free to rotate. These rods have charge density $\lambda$ uniformly distributed, so the total charge of rod $i$ is $\lambda ...