# Questions tagged [potential]

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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### Calculating the potential of a uniformly charged spherical shell

This question only really has to do with how to get the correct denominator in the integral. The object in question is a uniformly charged sphere of radius $R$. I'm going to choose as my reference ...
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### Is a *difference* of potential energy relative to a frame of reference?

If we consider an electrical field, or a gravitational field, and two points in this field, is the difference of potential between this two points depending of a frame of reference ? It seems to me ...
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### Arriving at the Quantum Mechanial Potential From The Energy Eigenvalues [duplicate]

In Quantum Mechanics, we know that given a potential we can solve the eigen value problem to find out the energy eigen values and eigen functions. Now suppose in an experiment we have information only ...
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### Understanding conformal mapping in electrostatics

I'm trying to understand the use of conformal mapping to solve problems in electrostatics. To better understand the idea, I'm trying to learn how to solve this example (but you can propose any other ...
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### Why do electrostatic potentials superimpose?

I've been trying to convince myself that the assertion that I've read in basic E&M books (Halliday & Resnick, Purcell), and even Griffiths, that the electrostatic potential at a point in space ...
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### Calculation of Gravitational Potential at the centre of the cube [closed]

I came across this problem in a test and have been able to come up with a solution however I am unsure if it is correct. I started by building a cube of twice the initial dimensions to bring point P ...
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### Can Quantum Mechanical Potential have a Probability Distribution

I am currently in my second semester of undergraduate quantum mechanics. We have recently starting discussing two particle systems, usually in relation to spin interactions. In all of our calculations,...
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### Central Forces: Newtonian/Coulomb force vs. Hooke's law

We know that a body under the action of a Newtonian/Coulomb potential $1/r$ can describe an elliptic orbit. On the other hand, we also know that a body under the action of two perpendicular Simple ...
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### Does gravity get stronger when you climb a mountain?

As stated in the question title, what happens to the strength of the gravitational field (or equivalently, your weight) as you climb a hill or mountain? Would a weighing scale show that you were ...
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### Why do we assume simply connected domains and continuously differentiable fields in electromagnetism theory?

In many textbooks, including Griffiths', they erroneously claim that a field is irrotational if and only if it is conservative (there exists a scalar potential). This is true only if the domain of ...
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### Electron in free space and Schrodinger's equation

Topic: Quantum Theory of Solids I have come across the following text: Electron in Free Space: Consider the motion of an electron in free space. If there is no force acting on the particle, ...
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### Why can't a particle penetrate an infinite potential barrier?

I am studying basic quantum theory. My question is: Why can't a particle penetrate an infinite potential barrier? The reasoning that I have applied is that particles under consideration have finite ...
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### Is potential instantaneous, unlike fields which take time to alter depending on their mediators?

If there's a Charge distribution 4 Light-years away, static, we have a distinct value of Electric Field and Electric Potential where I'm measuring it through some wack-a-doodle apparatus at my home on ...
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### How to understand Kirchhoff's Voltage Law?

I'm having a hard time trying to understand why Kirchhoff's Voltage Law is true. I looked for an answer on the forum but I couldn't find a convincing one. So my question is : How to "physically" ...
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### What is meant when we say “any solution is *the* solution” due to the uniqueness theorem?

I understand the proofs for the uniqueness theorems in electrostatics, but I'm having trouble understanding their application to problem solving. A classic example is a system of concentric shells of ...
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### Liénard-Wiechert potential of a charged infinite sheet uniformly translating parallel to itself

This question is motivated by the model used in The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol II Section 18-4. In the model there are two plane sheets extending infinitely in both their dimensions. Each has a ...
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### Thermodynamic Stability - Convexity - Concavity of Thermodynamical potential

The thermodynamic stability principle requires convexity of the internal energy upon all of its independent variables. When we pass through the Legendre transforms to build all the other ...
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### Could someone explain what is a potential?

In many part of physics, me talk about potential (electrical potential, gravitation potential, elastic potential...). All those definition looks very different, and I would like to know how all those ...
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### Does a particle with infinite energy escape an infinite well?

Currently, my modern physics class is going over particles in finite and infinite wells, general quantum formalism, and tunneling. What happens to a particle as it gains an infinite amount of energy? ...
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### How does a piece of wire know there is a voltage potential different?

Imagine water molecules inside a water pipe is moving due to difference in pressure, this pressure can be due to difference in gravitational potential or external force like somebody squeezing at one ...
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### Is it possible to draw a potential landscape for this system?

Attention: The question was modified for numerical solution. (see Update 2) I have the following system of differential equations: \begin{align} \dot x & = -x+F(a\,y+b),\\ \dot y & = -y +F(...
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### Circumstances that might happen in Hall-effect experiment

In Hall-effect experiment, is it possible that no transverse potential difference will be observed? Under what circumstances might this happen?
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### Magnetic vector potential on a semicircle wire

If you're trying to calculate the magnetic vector potential A on a semicircle wire at an arbitrary point P on the other semicircle, is their a difference in method if you are calculating it on a ...
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### Defining potential of the ground

In electronics, it is customary to define the potential of ground (thinking the Earth as a large conductor) as zero. Is this consistent with the fact that the Earth has a net electric charge that is ...
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### Grounded parallel plate capacitor

What will be the charge distribution if a parallel plate capacitor, which is not connected to any battery, is given charge on one plate(say Q on the left plate) and is grounded on the outer side of ...