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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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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Net Electric Field of Multiple Charges [on hold]

Question: Four charges, each of magnitude +Q are placed at the corners of a square of side a. Obtain an expression for the electric potential at the centre of the square and at the mid point of one ...
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Why voltage become multiply when connect batteries or capacitor in series but not in parallel?

As i understand, the different voltage between two object is caused by the total different charged between two object. Thus, the higher extra electron between two opposite charged object, the higher ...
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How does EM radition depend on the reference frame?

In special relativity, magnetism is electrostatics in a different reference frame. This is how we explain the magnetic field being produced by moving charges (aka currents). Charges that move produce ...
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Why does the earth suck both positive and negative charges?

If the earth is a bit negatively charged, it is understood that it can take away the positive charges of a positively charged body when grounded. Why does it take away the extra electrons of a ...
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Two spherical cavities hollowed out from the interior of a conducting sphere. At the center of each cavity a point charge is placed

From Griffiths: Two spherical cavities, of radii a and b, are hollowed out from the interior of a (neutral) conducting sphere of radius R. At the center of each cavity a point charge is placed – ...
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Show the equivalence of two electrostatic energy

$$U = \frac{1}{2}\iint_{all space}^{ } \frac{\rho(1)\rho(2)}{4\pi\epsilon_{0}r_{12}}dV_{1}dV_{2} $$ and $$U = \frac{\epsilon_{0}}{2}\int_{allspace}^{ } \vec{E} \cdot \vec{E} dV.$$ In the left ...
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Electrostatics and Current Electricity [on hold]

A ball of mass 9 × 10^-5 kgs carries a charge of 5 micro coulombs. What must be the charge in another ball placed directly 2cm above the given ball such that they are held in equilibrium.
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Why is Energy = Voltage x Charge, and how to prove that?

As you know the equation $\mathbf{E=V\times Q}$. Where: $\mathbf E$ is the energy measured in joules, $\mathbf V$ is potential difference (Voltage), $\mathbf Q$ is the charge. So my qustion is: ...
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Relationship between polarization density and electric field

Imagine I have an electric field $E$ created due to some free charges. Then I introduce a dielectric material somewhere. What confuses me is the polarization field $P$, which is now proportional to ...
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Help understanding the solution to a problem regarding kinetic energy of a group of point charges

The problem provided by my professor goes as follows: "Now consider a situation in which all charges are equal to q and they simultaneously become "unglued". What speed will each charge have when a ...
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Capacitance in a parallel plate cap with the real electric field

In many books of general physics, they prove the equations for capacitance of a cap of parallel plates as if the electric field where constant everywhere but what would happen if we take the real ...
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Differential equation of a Green function for a dielectric with a charge [closed]

adding Suppose there are two infinite planes, one in $z=a$ and the other in $z=b$, with $a<b$. Between the planes, there is a dielectric medium with constant $\epsilon_1$. The differential equation ...
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Electric field of Symmetric Parts [closed]

So I'm preparing for a test and one thing that I haven't seen examples of, but know is possible is using Gauss's Law on objects that have symmetric parts. I made up the following question: Find ...
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Electrohydrodynamics: How will electric potential develop in a fluid when potential is applied from ends

Lets say, I have a fluid in a rectangular enclosure (2D). I apply electric potential $U=U_1$ at left boundary and $U_2$ at right boundary. In the lower and upper boundaries, the potential varies ...
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Deriving relationship between distance and angle for field of a line charge

The relationship $r\,\mathrm{d}\alpha = \mathrm{d}x \cos(\alpha)$ is not obvious to me. In fact, when I look at it, I think it should be $r\,\mathrm{d}\alpha \cos(\alpha) = \mathrm{d}x$. Can someone ...
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Grounded conductor inside a uniform electric field [duplicate]

I am working on a textbook problem of a grounded conductor inside a uniform electric field. The textbook states that "grounded" means potential = 0. In my opinion, "grounded" should mean "same ...
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Why in PN junctions the octet rule is dominating electrostatic repulsion?

The depletion region in PN junctions is created by charges from the N part diffusing into the P part, thus completing an octet of covalent bonds in the P part. This shift however leaves positive ions ...
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Hexadecapole potential using point particles?

We can get monopole $1/r$, dipole $1/r^2$, quadrupole $1/r^3$ and octupole $1/r^4$ potential falloff by placing opposite point charges at the corners of a point, line, square and cube, respectively. ...
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Vector of electric field

I have a triangle whose points are in $A(0,0,0)$, $B(a,0,0)$ and $C(0,a,0)$. The edges of this triangle are uniformly charged with value $Q'$ and everything is in vacuum. I need to find the vector of ...
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Static electricty and fields inside of the conductor?

I have a few related questions about static electricity and conductors. 1. when we say static electric field inside a conductor is zero, let us take an example of two concentric conductors, outer one ...
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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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Charging a metallic sphere positive by induction

Bring a negatively charged rod close to a metallic sphere placed on a insulated stand. As the rod is brought close to the sphere, the free electrons in the sphere move away due to repulsion and ...
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Charging a spherical capacitance

How could one charge a spherical capacitor with a battery or any other emf source?
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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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Potential due to a continuous charge distribution on ring

Derive the formula for the potential at point $P(0,0,z)$ directly above the center of a ring of charge with radius $R$ and uniform charge density $\lambda$. My attempt: Since $$\lambda= ...
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How is the charge concentrated at the centre of shell for calculating potential from it? [duplicate]

While calculating electric potential due to a spherical shell at a point outside the shell, why do we say that the entire charge is present at the centre of shell? Is this true even if the charge on ...
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Finding charge density from from differential form of gauss law

I didnt get why he didvided and multiplied by r^2.This question is from d j griffith .
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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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If we charge a capacitor can we discharge it into a battery?

I have read that we can charge a capacitor using a battery, but can the vice versa happen? My project needs to show a battery being charged through a fully charged capacitor.
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Two capacitor plates with equal positive charges $q$

I read in a book that if both the plates of a parallel plate capacitor are given equal positive charges $q$, then the charges on the facing surfaces will be zero and the charge on the outer surfaces ...
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Principle of superposition for capacitor

In a capacitor the parallel plates of opposite charge create equal electric fields in opposite directions. We know field outside the capacitor is zero but inside the capacitor it is non zero. My ...
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Question on conduction

I already know that a charged polyethylene plastic (done by rubbing it with paper) can be used to attract a cardboard. Now, can I 'charge' the cardboard by touching it with the plastic? Supposedly, ...
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Divergence in interaction between induced dipoles

Suppose I have two polarizable point-particles 1 and 2 arranged on the z-axis and separated by $r$. Each particle has a dipole moment $\mathbf{p}_i=\alpha \mathbf{E}_i$. If we apply an external field ...
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How is it possible for an infinitely large charged plane to cause the same electric field regardless of distance? [duplicate]

Assume there is an infinitely large plane with a charge density $\sigma$. I understand how to derive, using Gauss' Law, that $E = \frac{\sigma}{2\epsilon_0}$ is the electric field at a distance $r$ ...
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Zero divergence of Electric field

I'm trying to rigorously derive the integral form of Gauss's law from Coulomb's law and the divergence theorem. Arrive at $$ \oint\limits_{\partial V} E\cdot da = \begin{cases} \frac ...
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Confusion with Grounded Conductor: bringing in a point from infinity

Suppose, for sake of argument, we have a spherical grounded conductor at the origin. Additionally, let our reference voltage be at infinity. Now, I view the potential of a point in space as being the ...
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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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Gauss law in integral form

Scanning through the lecture notes of my professor I came across some confusing definition, that he calls "Gauss law in a global form" which has the following representation ...
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Help regarding understanding derivation of electrostatic potential in a solution to a problem

I was looking at the solution of finding the energy stored in a charged solid sphere in which the electric field was and then later stated the electrostatic potential is I understand that to ...
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Field and Charge densities in two dimensional corners and along edges

In jackson's book, we can derive the equation as following. $\sigma(\rho)=\epsilon_{0}E_{\phi}(\rho, 0)\approx-\frac{\epsilon\pi a_{1}}{\beta}\rho^{(\pi/\beta)-1}---(2.75)$ My question is there are ...
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Equivalent formulas for electric current density

I am reading an article that states that the "ratio of current to the area for a given surface is known as current density" and is defined as $J = \frac{I}{A}$ where $I$ is the current and $A$ is ...
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Electric field and insulator or dielectric

I have a uniform electric field $E$ projected from left to right and I placed an insulator or dielectric right in the middle of it. To the left of the insulator, the $E$ is the original $E$. Inside ...
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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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2 spheres both negative or positive [closed]

Two small charged metal spheres A and B are situated in a vacuum. The distance between the centres of the spheres is 12.0 cm, as shown in Fig. 4.1. The charge on each sphere may be assumed to be a ...
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What is the purpose of the metal strip??

Context: Two large, flat metal plates are held parallel to each other and separated by a distance $d$. They are connected together at their edge by a metal strip. A thin plastic sheet ...
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Is there a charge across all space? [duplicate]

We're studying electrostatics in class, and the teacher introduced us to Gauss' Law a few days ago as $$\int \vec{E} \cdot \mathrm{d}\vec{A} = \frac{Q}{\epsilon_0}$$ Now suppose that the entire ...
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Two uniformly charged spheres are superposed with slight displacement. What's the surface density?

*Note: This is from the Second Volume of Feynman's Lectures on Physics : Mainly Electromagnetism and Matter And this is the excerpt from the book: If the relative displacement of the two spheres ...
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What is the electric field near an infinite sheet with a point charge near by? [closed]

The electric field near a negatively charged conducting infinite sheet is $\frac{-\sigma}{2\epsilon}$. If we add an equally charged positive particle some distance $r$ away from the sheet, the field ...
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Can a human be killed by electro-static discharge while performing daily chores? [closed]

During freezing-winter seasons, as soon as I reach my office and get off the warm-clothing; I get an electrostatic discharge whenever I touch a metallic water-fountain in my lab. The shock I get is ...