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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Electric force between charges in two different media

As far as I know, Coulomb's law of electrostatic force is applicable on two different charges situated in same medium. But if two individual charges are in different media (say one charge on a iron ...
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Is the charge distribution for an electric field unique?

If the electric field and boundary conditions are known exactly for a region of space, is it true that there exists only one charge distribution in that region of space that could have produced it? ...
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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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Does charge of a metal charged by induction determine by which ends of the metal is grounded to?

Does charge of a metal charged by induction determine by which part of the metal is ground to? I draw a diagram to make it simple to understand: Right diagram: When ground is touched with the ...
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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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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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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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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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Effect of charges near a parallel plate capacitor

If I charge a parallel plate capacitor and I insert a charged body near one of the plates will there be any interactions like attraction or repulsion? What if I disconnect the battery?
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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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How can one explain the Kelvin Water drop experiment without assuming the container to already possess a positive charge?

Kelvin Water Dropper experiment refers to the electrostatic generator invented by Lord Kelvin, which uses falling water to generate a voltage by electrostatic induction occurring between ...
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Electric field of 2 circle arcs [on hold]

Suppose we have 2 circle arcs, each carrying charge of linear charge density $-\lambda$, as shown on the picture. Radius of curvature is $a$. Determine the vector of electric field at the center of ...
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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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Direction of Potential Gradient & Electric field

Potential gradient is the negative of the electric field. Does the negative (here) means that its direction is opposite to electric field? If it does mean this, How is the direction of the potential ...
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How can I split a resultant force into its $x$ and $y$ components?

Point charge 3.5μC is located at x = 0, y = 0.30 m, point charge -3.5μC is located at x = 0 y = -0.30 m. What are (a)the magnitude and (b)direction of the total electric force that these charges ...
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Electrostatics and two electric charges

How can two identical metallic objects have the same but opposite charges (one loses electrons and one gains electrons) when we know that metals have the ability to lose electrons only?
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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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Calculate electric field in the middle of cross-section of two parallel strips of charge [closed]

Suppose we have two very long, parallel strips of charge, charged with surface charge density $\eta$ and $-\eta$ respectively, set at distance $d$ apart. If strips width is $d$, use Gauss's law to ...
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Physical representation of magnetic vector potential

In electrostatics, for scalar potential $V$, we can represent the equipotential surface as a perpendicular surface of the direction of derivative. such as $$ {\bf E}~=~-\nabla V \tag{1} $$ & the ...
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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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Polarization vector of dielectric electrostatics

I know two laws for Polarization vector of a dielectric material $$\vec P = N q \vec{\Delta L}$$ Where N is the number of dipoles per meter cube, $\vec{\Delta L}$ is the vector that represents the ...
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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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Charge distribution on a doughnut shaped conductor

In a spherical solid conductor the charge is always on the outer surface.Even if the sphere has a cavity,the surface of the inner cavity can not carry a charge due to Gauss's Law. What would be the ...
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The discontinuity of Electric Field

''electric field always undergoes a discontinuity when you cross a surface charge $\sigma$'' GRIFFITHS In the derivation; Suppose we draw a wafer-thin Gaussian Pillbox, extendind just barely over the ...
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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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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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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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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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What determines how much electrical charge an object can hold?

What determines how much electrical charge an object can hold? Does increase voltage force more electrical charge to be store in an object (Van de Graaff generator), since electric field increase as ...
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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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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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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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Where is the flaw in deriving Gauss's law in its differential form?

From the divergence theorem for any vector field E, $\displaystyle\oint E\cdot da=\int (\nabla\cdot E) ~d\tau$ and from Gauss's law $\displaystyle\oint E\cdot ...
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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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How to find whether the electric field between capacitor plates is above or below the electrical breakdown limit of the insulator between the plates?

Let's say the two plates of a capacitor have charges $q_1$ and $q_2$. The separation between these plates is $d$. I know that I can calculate the electric field by dividing the voltage that is applied ...
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Circuit breaker Trips during thunderstorm

The circuit breaker at the electrical mains trips at home when there is a thunderstorm outside. Why does this occur?
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Does electric field intensity exist in a charged spherical conductor (not hollow)? [duplicate]

Well,I know E inside the hollow sphere conductor is zero but is it same for even a solid spherical conductor?
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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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Will two magnets lose magnetism if they stick to each other for infinitely long time?

Here we have two magnets and they are sticking to each other. What I've learned that could possibly explain it is one magnet holds positive charge and the other one holds negative. But when the ...
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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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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: Given a massive, conducting, uncharged sphere of radius $R$ with two spherical cavities with radii $a$ and $b$, and two point charges $q_a$ and $q_b$ inside ...
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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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Why is the shape of lightning or an electric spark a zig-zag line?

Why is the shape of the lightning (or an electric spark) always of a zig-zag nature? Why is it never just a straight line? Image source.