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Electric potential systems of charges

Electric potential,Systems of charges

Physics 114

Lecture IV


Concepts
Concepts

  • Primary concepts:

    • Electric potential

    • Electric energy

    • capacitance

  • Secondary concepts:

    • Equipotentials

    • Electonvolt

Lecture IV


Potential electric energy
Potential electric energy

High PE

High PE

Low PE

Just like gravity electric force can do work

work does not depend on the path

it depends only on the initial and final position

 there is a potential energy associated with electric field.

Low PE

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Electric potential
Electric potential

  • PE/q is a property of the field itself – called electric potentialV

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Electric potential1
Electric potential

  • V – electric potential is the potential energy of a positive test charge in electric field, divided by the magnitude of this charge q.

  • Electric potential is a scalar (so much nicer!).

  • Electric potential is measured in Volts (V=J/C).

  • Potential difference between two points DV=Vb-Va is often called voltage.

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Charges in electric fields
Charges in electric fields

b

E=const

Force on charge q:

F=qE

Work done by the field to move this charge

W=Fd=dqE

W=PEa-PEb=qVa-qVb=-qDV

  • d E=DV

  • E= DV/d, points from high potential to low

  • Sometimes electric field is measured in V/m =N/C

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a

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Determine e from v
Determine E from V

  • Think ski slopes

  • If V depends on one coordinate x

  • E is directed along x from high V to low

  • If V depends on x,y,z

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Electric field and potential in conductors
Electric field and potential in conductors

E=0 in good conductors in the static situation.

E is perpendicular to the surface of conductor.

Metal hollow boxes are used to shield electric fields.

When charges are not moving (!!) conductor is entirely at the same potential.

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-

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Electronvolt
Electronvolt

  • Energy that one electron gains when being accelerated over 1V potential difference is called electronvolt eV:

  • 1eV=1.6x10-19C 1V= 1.6x10-19J

  • Yet another unit to measure energy,

  • Commonly used in atomic and particle physics.

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Equipontentials
Equipontentials

Equipotentials

  • are surfaces at the same potential;

  • are always perpendicular to field lines;

  • Never cross;

  • Their density represents the strength of the electric field

  • Potential is higher at points closer to positive charge

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Potential of a point charge
Potential of a point charge

Potential V of electric field created by a point charge Q at a radius r is

Q>0  V>0

Q<0  V<0

Do not forget the signs!

Potential goes to 0 at infinity.

Equipotentials of a point charge are concentric spheres.

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Superposition of fields
Superposition of fields

Principle of superposition:

Net potential created by a system of charges is a scalar (!) sum of potentials created by individual charges:

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2

Potential is a scalar 

no direction to worry about,

But signs are important.

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Work to move a charge
Work to move a charge

How much work has to be done by an external force to move a charge

q=+1.5 mC

from point a to point b?

Work-energy principle

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30cm

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20cm

15cm

25cm

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Q1=10mC

Q2=-20mC

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Capacitance
Capacitance

  • Two parallel plates are called a capacitor. When capacitor is connected to a battery plates will charge up.

Note: net charge =0

  • C – coefficient, called capacitance, property of the capacitor.

  • Capacitance is measured in Farad (F=C/V)

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Electric field in a capacitor
Electric field in a capacitor

E=const

  • E= V/d

  • points from high potential to low

  • When V is fixed (same battery), E depends only on the d.

  • Potential

    • High next to + plate

    • Low – next to - plate

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Capacitance1
Capacitance

  • Capacitance depends on the geometry of a capacitor

  • e0 = 8.85. 10-12 C2/N m2-

    • permittivity of free space

  • A – area of plates (m2)

    • Same sign charges want to “spread out” – to hold more charge need large area

  • d – distance between plates (m)

    • Opposite sign charges “hold” each other, attraction is stronger for shorter d

A

d

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Dielectrics
Dielectrics

  • Put non-conductive material (dielectric) between plates

  • Can hold more charge  capacitance increases

  • K(>1) – dielectric constant

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Charging up a capacitor
Charging up a capacitor

  • Find the work needed to charge a capacitor C to voltage V

  • Take small charge dq and move it across the capacitor, which is at voltage V at this moment

  • dW=Vdq

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Energy storage
Energy storage

  • Work to charge a capacitor= potential energy stored in the capacitor

  • To use the right formula, watch what is kept constant

    • V=const – if C connected to a battery

    • Q=const - if C disconnected

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Inserting dielectric
Inserting dielectric

  • Capacitor is connected to a battery, supplying voltage V. How will the energy stored in the capacitor change if we insert a dielectric (K=2)?

  • CKC=2C – capacitance increases

V stays const – same battery

Q changes

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Inserting dielectric1
Inserting dielectric

  • Capacitor is charged to charge Q and disconnected from a battery. How will the energy stored in the capacitor change if we insert a dielectric (K=2)?

  • CKC=2C – capacitance increases

V can change

Q stays const – charge conservation

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Inserting dielectric2
Inserting dielectric

Disconnected battery –

energy decreases

Dielectric will be

“sucked in”

Connected battery –

energy increases

Dielectric will be

“pushed out”

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Test problem
Test problem

  • Between two very large oppositely charged parallel plates at which of the three locations A, B and C electric potential is the greatest?

    • A A

    • B B

    • C C

    • D Equal at all three locations.

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E near metal sphere
E near metal sphere

  • Find the largest charge Q that a conductive sphere radius r=1cm can hold.

  • Air breakdown E=3x106V/m

Larger spheres can hold more charge

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Test problem1
Test problem

  • What is wrong with this picture?

    • A Equipotentials must be parallel to field lines

    • B Field lines cannot go to infinity

    • C Some field lines point away from the negative charge

    • D Equipotentials cannot be closed

Lecture IV


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