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Why is surface charge distribution uniform for a conducting sphere? Can't it be arbitrary?

If the charge $q_1$ has to repel the charge $q_2$, the electric field has to go inside the conductor which contradicts the fact that electric field inside conductors is zero. Then why do the charges ...
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Electrostatics problem concerning induction by a point charge inside a conducting shell

Consider two independent conducting shells (not thin shells! i.e., their internal and external surfaces do not overlap.) whose shapes of external surfaces are identical but internal surfaces are not ...
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Preventing Electricity Leakage With Insulators

If we charge an object made of insulating material, the charges on it would leak to the medium as the time passes, due to the potential difference. I would like to know if there is a way to prevent ...
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Electrostatic ion thruster neutralizers

All electrostatic Ion thrusters have a neutralizer electron beam, but why are they required? Is avoiding the accumulation of negative charge the only reason? I would've thought that the main reason ...
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Approximating electrostatic grids as a multipole expansion

Is there a known good summary, or a succinct algorithm to compute the far-field approximations of an arbitrary set of electrostatic surfaces set at different potentials? I'm looking to model a ...
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Any economical quantitative electrostatics experiments for the university level?

I'm seeking for some safe experiments for undergraduates in the electrostatics context. We have a Van-de-Graaff generator in our fundamental physics lab but this kind of devices are useful for ...
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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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Why is static electricity called static?

They called it "static" because "it doesn’t go anywhere". In order to create static electricity, you have to rub two different materials. When you rub them, the electrons move. So, why is it called ...
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The advantages of a dielectric in a capacitor

In a capacitor a dielectric can be placed in between the two plates. I have trouble understanding the points / advantages of a dielectric from what I have read in a text book. The points written there ...
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A query regarding constant $\frac{1}{4\pi \epsilon_{0}}$ in Coulomb's Law [duplicate]

In our physics class we were discussing about Coulomb's Law and equation for the electrostatic force between two points: $$F_{e}=\frac{Q_{1}Q_{2}}{4\pi \epsilon_0 r^2}$$ From the equation a query ...
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Electric Field Contributions

Figure 1: Two thin parallel wires Figure 2: The cross section of a hollow sphere containing a smaller, hollow sphere The electric fields for both figures are calculated using different principles. ...
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Electrostatics of Conductor

In an isolated conductor the extra positive or negative charges will be distributed on the surface uniformly. Hence there will be no charge inside the conductor, hence no field. But what accounts for ...
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Is electric potential a form of potential energy?

As I understand it, the concept of potential energy arises from analytical mechanics. Yet I often see the concept of electric potential $\phi$ introduced without mention of analytical mechanics. For ...
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Modelling ions hitting a grid

I want to model the capture of ions by a negatively charged grid made of some proton conductor material like graphene oxide. Are ions captured as soon as they cross the surface, or do they have some ...
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Gauss' Law - Parallel plates [closed]

A parallel plate capacitor with dielectric (as above), together with its dimensions. Its plates are square. The capacitance is given by the usual formula, $C = \frac{\epsilon _0 \epsilon _r ...
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How can electric field representation be obtained from Enge representation using Maxwell's equations?

Suppose we have a long electric capacitor. Let $L$ be its length ($z$ coordinate), $W$ its width ($y$ coordinate), and $D$ its full height (full aperture; $x$ coordinate). Let $L\gg W\gg D$. The ...
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Ability to discharge static electricity

Ever since I was a child, I have been able to "discharge" static electricity in clothing by touching it. The static falls out immediately! As a child my mother would have me touch all the laundry ...
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If we rub glass particles with paper , will there be any charge induction in glass particles?

If we rub glass particles with paper , will there be any charge induction in glass particles ? I know if you rub with silk they do get charged, but i want to know specifically for glass and paper.
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how to completely remove the charge from the glass bubble particles?

Do you have any idea on how to completely remove the charge from the glass bubble particles (25-32 micrometer diameter)? Thanks
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How does electromotive force (emf) influence electrostatic force in a circuit?

I am learning about emf and I am using university physics of Hugh D. Young which states that when the emf source is not part of a circuit the non-electrostatic force of the source moves charge form ...
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Deriving Voltage from Electric Field

I'm trying to derive the point charge equation for voltage by integrating the point charge equation for an electric field over distance ($dr$) traversed:$ \int (KQ/r^2)\cdot dr$ This is my ...
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Same-time dielectric breakdown for a coaxial cable with two dielectrics

Suppose we have a very long coaxial cable filled with two concentric dielectrics, with permittivities $\epsilon_{r1}$ and $\epsilon_{r2}$ respectively. Inner (positive) cable electrode has radius $a$, ...
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Are the mass and charge important for the path of a charged particle in an electric potential?

I recently suspected a bug in a subroutine which traces the path of an electron in an electrostatic potential. (I had written that subroutine myself some time ago...) It had separate code-branches for ...
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What is “above” and what is “below” the surface of a sphere?

When studying Electromagnetism using D.J. Griffith's Introduction to Electrodynamics, the boundary conditions for the electric potential across a surface charge density are expressed using the normal ...
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Capacitance per unit charge of three long rods, two of which are connected

Suppose we have three very long rods, each with diameter $a$, placed so that their "centers" form an equilateral triangle, with sided of length $d$. Two of the wires are connected with a thin wire ( ...
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Capacitance per unit length of a system containing uniformly charged rod and and infinite charged plate

Suppose we have an infinite plane, and a uniformly charged rod of radius $a$ and linear charge density $\alpha$, parallel to the plane and at distance $d$ from it. Net charge of the plane is $0$. Rod ...
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Density of charge induced on a hollow sphere due to eccentric charge inside

Suppose we have a lone hollow metal sphere with net charge equal to $0$. If we were to put a point charge $Q$ inside of the sphere and move it, let's say, away from the sphere center at some distance ...
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Electric field of a cross-like conductor

Suppose we have two thin, very long, perpendicular wires soldered to each other so they form a cross. What would electric field lines look like in the plane that wires form, and would it be possible ...
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I wnt to know HOW to create TM, TE, and TEM waves; and is it being used in industry? [closed]

Transverse Magnetic (TM) and Transverse Electric (TE) modes So I'm wholly ignorant of any knowledge surrounding these modes, so bear with me here.. One component is infinitesimally small in the ...
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Numerically solving 2D poisson equation by FFT, proper units

The 2D Poisson equation is: (1)$$\frac{d^2\varphi(x,y)}{dx^2}+\frac{d^2\varphi(x,y)}{dy^2}=-\frac{\varrho(x,y)}{\epsilon_0\epsilon}$$ And in $k$-space it is in form of: (2)$$(k_x^2+k_y^2) ...
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Question about electric flux in the corner of a cube [duplicate]

A charge $Q$ is places at the corner of a cube of side $a$. What is the electric flux through all the six faces of the cube? What is the electric flux on each one of it's faces? I am aware of ...
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How to induce charge in glass bubble particles ?

I am trying to induce charge ( + or - ) in the glass bubble particles ( manufacturer 3M 25-32 micrometer) . Can anyone tell me how to effectively charge them. I have tried placing these particles in a ...
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The force acting on a plate of a parallel capacitor

How can you prove (using high-school-knowledge) that the force which acts on one plate of a parallel capacitor is equal $F = \frac{E \cdot Q}{2}$ Where $E = \frac{U}{d}$ is the magnitude of the ...
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Why are electrons attracted to a magnetic field?

In a cathode ray tube, the deflecting system can consist of either magnetic or electrically charged plates. I understand the fact that electrons are attracted or repelled by the electrically charged ...
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Semiconductors and energy bands

The valence and conduction band of a semi-conductor are often drawn as here click. This plot has essentially two features and I would like to understand them. The peak and the valley of the two ...
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Why does electrolysis require a base electrolyte instead of an acid electrolyte?

I am in the process of using electrolysis to remove rust from some old tools. This is the process where you submerge the rusted item in a bath along with a sacrificial piece of metal. You connect a ...
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Is that ground, wall conductive?

If i put my foot exposed to ground and put my finger to the USB power, i will be electrocuted. So the electron(s) from the USB power is passing over my hand, run to foot and go to ground ? As i might ...
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Conducting cylinder by dielectric interface

To help me with a project I'm working on, I attempted to solve what I thought was an easy problem - There is an infinite, conducting cylinder of radius R at some potential V, located distance b from a ...
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Electric field of a massive sphere with two cavities with point charges inside them

a short question regarding electrostatics from Griffiths: Given a massive, conducting, uncharged sphere of radius $R$ with two spherical cavities with radii $a$ and $b$, and two point charges $q_a$ ...
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The Electric field & Coulomb's law [closed]

A point charge is moving in an electric field at right angles to the lines of forces .Does any force act on it ? Please explain why.
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Two charged spheres connected with a conductor

I have a problem with a electrostatics problem: there are two spheres, each one of the same size carrying the same amount of charge, but of different sign. They are connected by a conducting wire, ...
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Calculate the potential induced by beam

This exercise is from Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy by Freidberg. A cylindrical conducting vacuum chamber of radius $r=a$ is filled with a uniform plasma of density $n_0$ and temperature ...
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What's the difference between electrostatic potential and electrochemical potential along a (semi)conductor?

According to wikipedia: the electrochemical potential, $\bar{\mu}$, sometimes abbreviated to ECP, is a thermodynamic measure of chemical potential that does not omit the energy contribution of ...
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electric charges of metals in electrostatics

In electrostatics does metal gain electrons to be an ion or it conduct electrons in form of gaining them to have a negative electric charge
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Force per unit length between two long parallel wires, one of which is insulated

Suppose we have two very long parallel wires of radius $a$ and distance between their axes $d$ ($d>>a$). The first wire if is carrying charge of linear charge density $\alpha$ and is insulated ...
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Thomson problem vs. maximizing sum of distance

Given $N$ equally charged points lying on the unit sphere ("electrons"), the Thomson problem consists of finding the configuration of these points such that the electrostatic potential energy $$ ...
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How would you define electrostatics and magnetostatics starting from Maxwell's equations?

I'm reading Griffith's text, and he starts by defining Electrostatics as requiring the source charges don't move. I've seen a few slightly different definitions of electrostatics and magnetostatics. ...
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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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Finding the potential between two spherical shells [closed]

How to find the potential in region $a<r<b$ I know that the general solution for Laplace's equation is $$V(r,\theta)=\sum_{l=0} \left[A_l r^l +\frac{B_l}{r^{l+1}} \right]P_l(\cos{\theta}).$$ ...
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Why an undoped heterojunction causes potential barrier?

In this image (source) a potential double-barrier was created using GaAs and AlAs lattices (undoped). Why would any potential barrier be formed, if all the bonds are electrostatically balanced (i.e. ...