Scalar and vector potentials in electromagnetism. The scalar potential is potential energy per unit charge. For potential energy, use the potential-energy tag.

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Meaning of potential in a discharging capacitor

I am dealing with this thing I cannot figure out. When a capacitor is discharging, the electric field inside it varies with time so we cannot perform the line integral to determine the potential ...
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Can you derive reaction rates from the potential difference across a battery?

There were several cases where I was able to (relatively easily) derive potentials for interactions in my statistical mechanics course. I know that there is no real way to derive the kinetics of a ...
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Current in a fluorescent tube that is not in a circuit

In Walter Lewin's 8.02 Electricity and Magnetism course, he places a fluorescent tube pointing radially outwards from a large Van de Graaff (VDG) generator. Due to the VDG's E-field, this causes a ...
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General question about the potential barrier problem: Why does $\exp( kx)$ diverge when $x>0$ in the case when $E < V(x)$?

For the two images below, the first potential barrier has particles approaching it where $E > V_o$ & the second has a particle that has $E < V_o$, where $E$ is the energy of the particles ...
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Induced electric field due to a moving wire

An infinite wire carrying a constant current $I$ in the $\hat{z}$ direction is moving in the $$y$$ direction at a constant speed $v$. Find the electric field, in the quasistatic approximation, at the ...
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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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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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Need of vector potential in quantum mechanics

I need your opinions. Why is the vector potential of a magnetic field important (or even necessary) to quantum mechanics? Why it has to be defined everywhere? Is there any fundamental reason you can ...
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Allowed energies for semi-harmonic oscillator

Question: If a particle is attached to a semi-harmonic oscillator (that is, for example, the spring is stretchable but not compressible) such that the potential $V(x)$ is infinity for $x\leq0$ and ...
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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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Introducing cut-off in a renormalisation procedure for quantum mechanics

I've been reading a paper on renormalisation theory as applied to a simple one-particle Coulombic system with a short-range potential. In the process of renormalisation, the authors introduce an ...
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Low-momentum behaviour of a short-range potential

I've read the follow sentence in a journal article (arXiv preprint) which constitutes part of my coursework. As discussed in the previous section, the low-momentum behavior of any short-range ...
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Scattering from a potential, matrix elements of momentum eigenstates, and the Fourier transform [closed]

I am working on my last quantum homework and don't know where to begin with part (i) in this question 4. Do I need to use a product rule in the FT and use convolution? Not sure how to go about the ...
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Gibbs free energy intuition

What is Gibbs free energy? As my book explains: Gibbs energy is the energy of a system available for work. So, what does it want to tell? Why is it free? Energy means ability to do work. What is ...
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Estimate of the second shallowest bound state?

Suppose we have a 1D potential $V(x)$ of finite range, i.e., $$ V(x) ~=~0 $$ for $|x| > b $. The potential is assume to support at least two bound states, but might have more, say $n\geq 2$. ...
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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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1D Finite potential well: solutions with $\sinh$ and $\cosh$?

So I am studying the (one dimensional) quantum mechanical finite potential well defined by: $$ V(x) = \cases{0, &|x|>a\cr -V_0, &|x|<a} $$ where $V_0>0$ is a real number. I know ...
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Electric Potential-can anyone give the concept behind this?

Three points A, B and C lie in a uniform electric field (E) of 5 x 103 NC-1 as shown in the figure. Find the potential difference between A and C. I think there is some trick? How can the pd ...
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Why are the dineutron and diproton unbound?

It is known that there is no diproton and dineutron nuclei. Does this mean that two protons or neutrons are not actually attracted to each other? Even if the attraction was weak, wouldn't it cause ...
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Potential Difference of a wire?

Imagine a circuit with only a 12 Volts battery and a wire connecting the ends of the battery. Point A and point B lies on the wire. What is then the potential difference between point A and B if the ...
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Bohr-Sommerfeld quantization for different potentials

Let's have Bohr-Sommerfeld quantization for one-dimensional case: $$ \int \limits_{a}^{b} p(x)dx ~=~ \pi \hbar (n + \nu ). $$ Here $p(x) = \sqrt{2m(E - U)}$, $a, b$ are turning points, and the area ...
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Semiclassical quantization of bouncing ball

Consider an elastically bouncing ball of mass $m$ and energy $E$. This has a triangular potential $$ V(x)~=~\left\{\begin{array}{ll} mgx & \text{if } x>0, \\ \infty & \text{if } x<0, ...
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Ignoring constant potential energy

The reason why constant potential energy terms are dropped is because the derivative of a constant is zero. And since force is the gradient of potential energy, constant terms won't change what the ...
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How to find an effective spring constant of a quadratic potential

If a potential energy is given like $U(r)=A^3/r^2+2B^3r$, how do I find the effective spring constant using Taylor Expansion? I compared spring constant $k$ to be equal to second derivative of ...
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Lagrangian of Non-Relativistic Charged Particle in a Magnetic Field

I'm trying to derive the Lagrangian for a non-relativistic charged particle under the influence of a magnetic potential. I'm assuming that $F=-\textrm{grad}(V)$ and so by the Lorentz force we have ...
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Flow in the strip $0 < x < \pi/2$, $y > 0$ [closed]

Could anyone please explain how to show that a complex valued function represents a flow? For example, how does one show that $\Phi(z) = \sec^2 z$, where $z = x + iy$ with $x, y \in \mathbb{R}$, ...
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Why the statement “there exist at least one bound state for negative potential” doesn't hold for 3D case?

Previously I thought this is a universal theorem, for one can prove it in the one dimensional case using variational principal. However, today I'm doing a homework considering a potential like ...
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Electric field and potential between two charges [closed]

There are two point charges on the $x$ axis and $x'$ is a place where the potential, relative to infinity, is the biggest. Why is the electric field zero at this point?
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Voltage in a parallel circuit [duplicate]

Why is voltage same across a parallel circuit? I mean what makes the voltage remain same across two resistors connected in parallel? If an electric heater is connected in parallel with a bulb and ...
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Quantum mechanics: Finite square well problem

What will happen if the potential is less than 0, for instance $V(x)=-10eV$. Is this means there will be no bound states? Since solution to the time independent Schrodinger equation (those discrete ...
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Finding voltage between two points in space

If electric field vector is defines as : $\vec{E} = \frac{V_0x^2}{a^3} \vec{i_x} + \frac{V_0y}{a^2} \vec{i_y} $ where $V_0 $ and $a$ are known constants, $\vec{i_x}$ and $\vec{i_y}$ unit vectors of ...
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Inconsistency in the delta potential

I encountered an inconsistency in the one-dimensional delta potential. Suppose we have a one-dimensional infinitely deep square well from $-L$ to $+L$. We know the eigenstates are sine and cosine ...
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1D Infinite Square Box Discrete Energy levels but Continous Momenta?

In the 1d particle in the box the energy of the particle should be completely determined by the momentum of the particle that you observe correct? So how can you have discrete energy levels and a ...
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What is the physical meaning of electric potential, potential difference, and voltage?

When resembling the electricity flow through a wire to people walking through a street: electrons are people, current is the number of people, resistance is the barriers on the way. But what is the ...
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Introductory Quantum, trouble with this boundary condition and potential

Working on problem 2.40 from Griffiths but can't seem to understand the first boundary condition. We are given the potential $V(x) = \left\{\begin{matrix} \infty & x < 0\\ ...
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Scattering and bound States

So from my understanding, as long as $E>0$ you will have scattering states and these scattering states will always result in an imaginary $\psi$, but bound states can also have an imaginary ...
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Railguns and Gauge Invariance

Paul J. Cote and Mark A. Johnson of Benet Laboratories, Army Research, Engineering and Development Command wrote a series of short papers on the vector potential arising from their attempts to solve ...
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What is a Hulten potential?

What is the Hulten potential? (also spelled Hulthén, Hulthen, and Hultén.) When is it used? How is it derived? I vaguely heard about in the context of neutron synthesis / quantum mechanics.
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Is the Gibbs-Duhem equation always valid?

The derivation of the Gibbs-Duhem equation from Wikpedia uses: As shown in the Gibbs free energy article, the chemical potential is just another name for the partial molar (or just partial, ...
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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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How come we talk about gravitational potential energy and not gravitational potential?

With regards to gravity the equation learned is $$U=-\frac{GMm}{r}$$ And the relationship to force is $$F=-\frac{dU}{dr}$$ In electrostatics we instead talk about electric field and electric ...
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Particle Outside the Box

What prohibits, mathematically, that a particle cannot be found outside the box ? Here, I am referring to particle in a box problem (infinite potential on both ends & zero potential along the ...
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What is “W external” and “W internal” in Energy conservation law?

When I solve the energy conservation problem, I am confused when I have to make the term positive or negative. For example, someone throws a ball right up to the ground with velocity, $v$. The ball ...
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System without ground state is not real in nature?

We know that Coulomb force is real phenomena in nature and with Coulomb potential $V(x) \thicksim -\frac{1}{|x|}$ lowest energy is bounded in hydrogen atom. But it's mathematically clear that if ...
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Degeneracy in one dimension

I'm reading this wikipedia article and I'm trying to understand the proof under "Degeneracy in One Dimension". Here's what it says: Considering a one-dimensional quantum system in a potential ...
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What is the functional shape assumed by a flexible rod?

Be L a flexible rod. Say that it is very difficult to significantly stretch it, so that we can uniquely identify a point on it by a parameter $l \in [0, L]$ where $L$ is its length. Be $C$ a set of ...
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Potential that is proportional to distance

Does anybody know of a treatment of the case where a potential field is proportional to the distance, i.e. in 3 dimensions: $$V(\vec{r}) ~\sim ~ |\vec{r}|~?$$ Essentially the question is: What are ...
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Why airports are generally near sea? [closed]

The generic way to measure the height is from the sea-level. If the airport is near the sea i.e. not at a very height from the sea, then the fuel required to make the air-plane above the sea level ...
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General potential of rotating system

I'm new here at the physics site, and not really that deep into the area of which i'm going to ask a question about now. Therefore please feel free to ask clarifying questions. I'm trying to deal ...
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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 ...