The Stack Overflow podcast is back! Listen to an interview with our new CEO.

Questions tagged [coulombs-law]

A fundamental and empirical law quantifying the electrostatic force between two charges.

486 questions
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
67 views

1k views

Why is it that forces like gravity and electricity (approximately) basically act between pairs of bodies only?

In classical mechanics, with the limit of little movement (so no relativity, waves, and/or "magnetic" effects), we can see that gravitation and electricity can both be described as "two-body" forces, ...
24 views

Electric Potential: Building system of point charges

How can we prove that the amount of work we have to do to build a system of point charges is same , whether we place the point charges one by one or all at once
113 views

Electric force between two hemispheres of different radii? [closed]

Two hemispherical thin shells made of insulating materials are concentrically arranged in a free space as shown. The radii of the smaller and larger hemispheres are ‘R’ and ‘2R’ and they carry ...
45 views

Is the direction of the Coulomb force at short distances indeterministic?

Suppose we have two electrons that apply a Coulomb force on each other. At large distances, we can consider the two electrons as point charges and the direction of the Coulomb force would be on the ...
121 views

Electrostatic values where there are some charge

I've started asking myself: What is the value of the electric field at the surface of a shell with uniform distribution? In particular, is it infinite, as this point is over an (infinitesimal) ...
50 views

When was Coulomb's constant made/established?

Charles-Augustin de Coulomb lived from 14 June 1736 – 23 August 1806. Coulomb's constant is $$k_{\text e}=\alpha\frac{\hbar c}{e^2},$$ a form of Planck's constant is included, but Max Planck lived ...
51 views

Is this a valid explanation for why charges in a conductor move to the outer surface?

This is a drawing of a spherical conductor with a hollow center. The black dots represent +ive charges, and the arrows represent their electric fields. I am assuming the black dots start on the inner ...
1k views

Can the electrostatic force be infinite in magnitude? [closed]

The magnitude of the electrostatic force between two charges $Q$ and $q$ separated by a distance $r$ is given by $$F=\frac{kqQ}{r^2}$$ but the minimum value of $r$ must be $10^{-15}\ \rm m$. Therefore,...
109 views

How did Coulomb measure charges?

I was studying some Electrodynamics when suddenly this question popped into my mind : The whole of Electrodynamics is based on the Coulomb's Law. There is no derivation of this law because it is an ...
41 views

Quantifying potential energy

As per the definition of potential energy we kept a fixed charge, and in the presence of an electric field of the fixed charge, we release another charge of the same sign moving towards the fixed ...
806 views

Doubts in understanding some concepts of potential energy

Let us consider a system of charges in space. The potential energy of the system of charges is determined by the amount of work done by the external force to assimilate the charges in that manner. But ...
53 views

Why isn't electric potential infinite?

In my textbook, I've read that electric potential is the work performed to carry one unit of positive charge to electric field from infinite distance. We know that, W = Fs So here the distance is ...
68 views

Integrating Laplace's equation over a sphere

The Wikipedia page on Laplace's equation states that if the Laplacian of $u$ is integrated over any volume that encloses the source point, $$\iiint_V \nabla \cdot \nabla u \, d^3V =-1.$$ I can'...