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A law in Classical Electromagnetism and Newtonian Gravity.

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### Gauss' law and external electric flux through a cube: net flux is not zero while the interior charge is 0. What have I done wrong?

Consider a cube with side length $L$ and with its sides parallel to the basis vectors $\vec{i}$, $\vec{j}$ and $\vec{k}$. The $X$ axis goes right through the center of two of its faces. The closest ...
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### Capacitance of three plates

I'm sorry if this has been asked before, but here it goes. Consider three parallel plane conducting plates (they can be infinite) and suppose the middle plate has some thickness $\delta$ and the other ...
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### Method of image charges [closed]

In an attempt to understand the Method of image charges, I'll try to calculate the total charge on grounded conducting plane - with electric dipole & point charge. Given: Point charge $Q$, ...
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### Gauss' Law and area vector

Recently I've been doing some physics exercises on electric and magnetic fields and read up somewhere that the vector area of a closed surface is equal to zero. That made me wonder why, when using ...
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### Gauss law for gravitational field

Gauss's law is fundamental law of electrostatics. But Can we apply Gauss's law for Gravitational field also?
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### Sphere of electric charge revisited

I am thinking about a sphere of homogeneous charge distribution (see Electric field due to a solid sphere of charge, for example). Here we use a Gaussian surface (blue area) to find the electric ...
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### How to approximate trajectories and movement of two oppositely charged particles?

Imagine a single, stationary charged atomic ion, say a Lithium anion or cation (Li+ or Li-). Now imagine another a single free, oppositely charged particle--perhaps an electron or Hydrogen ion (H+)--...
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### Would a non-conducting body ever acquire a uniform static charge throughout it's volume?

I'm studying electromagnetism and optics in first year and solving a lot of problems involving conveniently symmetrical conducting and non-conducting bodies having various uniformly distributed ...
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### Question about Gauss' law and dipoles

I've got a question about dipoles and Gauss' law: Consider an electric dipole $p=ql$ in free space, centred at the origin of a Cartesian reference frame. Using Gauss’s Law, discuss if the electric ...
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### Gauss's law and charge on surface

Consider a cone (not necessarily right cone), with a charge $q$ at its apex. Fix its base, and let the vertex be movable. Now suppose we intend to find the flux through the base. Since the flux ...
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### Are $Q1$ and $Q2$ attracted or repelled to the sphere shown in the figure below? [closed]

Can you tell from the image below if Q1 and Q2 are attracted or repelled. Will Q2 only be attracted to the sphere if Q2 is enough bigger than Q1? Will the positive charge inside the shell attract ...
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### Potential difference inside charge distributions

Always when I think about potential difference inside a symmetrical charge distribution, I think of it being equal to zero because it's dependent on the field and I imagine the directions of each of ...
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### Electric field on the surface of a charged sphere

We know that the electric field for a point charge is $$E = \frac{KQ}{R^2}.$$ If $R$, i.e. distance from the electric field producer to the point where we want to find the electric field becomes ...
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### Shell theorem using Gauss Law

Let me present you my problem: Two spherical shells with radius $R_1$ and $R_2$ ($R_1 < R_2$) and masses $M_1$, $M_2$ are concentric. Calculate the gravitational force $\vec{F_g}$ applied ...
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### where does the term half in the formula of electrostatic potential energy comes from?(system of point charges)

Electrostatic potential energy stored in a system of point charges (from wikipedia) The electrostatic potential energy $U_E$ stored in a system of N charges q1, q2, ..., qN at positions r1, r2, ...,...
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### Using Gauss's law (differential form) on an infinite line of charge

I just read about Gauss's law in differential form and how to compute divergence. I worked out the $1/r^2$ field and got zero as expected! I was very happy. Then I thought the infinite line of charge, ...
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### How can equipotential planes differ in potential in an uniform field?

I'm trying to solve an exercise that asks me the field strength of an uniform electric field where equipotential planes differ by $1\ \mathrm{V}$ and are $2.5\ \mathrm{cm}$ apart. First of all, I ...
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### Ampere's Law and Gauss's Law for EXACT CENTER of Finite Wire: Mathematical Justification [closed]

I have always seen it explained that: Ampere's Law (in integral form) works whenever B is constant around a path, so that you can pull it out of the integral. Similarly, if you can draw a ...
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### Electric field due to a charged conductor

I have this grave confusion that I have been having since a while. When we calculate the electric field due to an infinite plane sheet of charge then the answer comes out to be $σ/2ε$. In this case we ...
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### Conceptual question on Gauss's Law

By my understanding, the electric field in the surface integral expression for Gauss's Law represents the total electric field and any point on a closed Gaussian surface. However, when we employ Gauss'...
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### Confused about Gauss's Law for parallel plates

I am having trouble understanding Gauss's Law. Suppose we wish to find the electric field strength between two parallel plates with charge density $\sigma$. I know it should be $E=\sigma/(2\epsilon_0)$...
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### Coulomb's law and Gauss' Law

Which of these laws is more fundamental or forms the basis of electrostatics? I started off with Coulomb's law and then I studied Gauss' law. I was wondering which one is more universal? My professor ...
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### Electric Flux - Vector Components

How is $vcos(\theta)$ the perpendicular vector? I think I'm missing something fundamental in my trig and vector knowledge...
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### Paradox in electrostatics in relation to Gaussian surfaces?

I have encountered something that is very confusing. My problem is this. I am assuming two infinite cubical Gaussian surfaces sharing a common side. One of the cubes contains a charge $q_1$ at a ...
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### Electric Flux - What is the point?

Electric flux is a defined quantity that is proportional to the no. of field lines passing through a given area element for a given electric field. It is not proportional to the relative density of ...
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### Wait… why exactly does farady's ice pail experiment prove Gauss's law?

You'll notice there are no equations in this: that's because this is a question of morale, not of math. But a humble one at that! I come to learn, not to expound. But don't let that limit the form ...
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### Calculating flux of axisymmetric electric field through a sphere [closed]

The following problem and its solution is taken from I. E. Irodov's book basic laws of electromagnetism : I do not understand how the fact that field is axisymmetric leads to the conclusion that ...
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### Gauss's law for induced electric and magnetic field

Let us consider an accelerating charge, $Q$. As it is accelerating it would radiate energy in the form of EM waves, as per the classical postulates of EM theory. As such there would be induced ...
Most of the books about electromagnetism prove Gauss' law for a point charge in vacuum: $$\Phi = \int_{\Sigma} \mathbf{E} \centerdot d \mathbf{S} = q/\epsilon_0$$ and then simply state that for ...
The example I'm working on has this given identity: $\bigtriangledown \cdot \mathbf{\bar{r}}=3$. The question is: find the divergence of a vector field $\bar{\mathbf{E}}=\frac{\mathbf{r}}{r^{3}}$. ...