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PHYSICS 632 SUMMER 20089:00 – 10:50 Room 203Electricity, Magnetismand LightRichard A. Lindgren, Office Room 302

Text: Halliday, Resnick, and Walker, 7’th edition, Extended Version,

Starting with Chapter 21 on Charge.

Your Goals and Interest

  • get a degree

  • crossover teaching

  • fill in knowledge gaps

  • review, learn new teaching ideas

  • peer learning

  • modeling

  • inquiry learning

  • group learning

  • new experiments and demos

  • computer technology

  • solidify concepts

  • learn how to do problems.


  • See syllabus for daily homework assignments using WebAssign.

  • Work on problems in recitation after lecture.

  • Discuss with TA’s and others in the apartments at night. Due at 8:00 am next day.

  • Algebra, trigonometry, unit vectors and vectors, derivatives and integration review.

  • How do you improve problem-solving skills. Lots of practice and more practice.

  • Quizzes on second three Tuesdays and final on WebAssign, 30% conceptual questions, 70% problem oriented.

  • There will also be 4 homework assignments due in August and September.

  • Final exam at the end of September on WebAssign.

Class Organization

  • Cartoon

  • Demonstrations

  • Lecture and discussion

  • Experiments and demos with explanations

  • Hand-worked problems on Elmo

  • Clicker/Polling problems

References and other Texts

  • Calculus-Based Physics II (download)

    • Schnick


  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 6th Edition

    • Serway, Jewett

  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd Edition

    • Fishbane, Gasiorowicz, Thornton

  • Physics for Scientists & Engineers, 4th Edition

    • Giancoli

  • Principals of Electricity

    • Page, Adams

Lecture 1 Charge Ch. 21

  • Electrostatics: study of electricity when the charges are not in motion. Good place to start studying E&M because there are lots of demonstrations.

  • Cartoon - Charge is analogous to mass

  • Demo - Large Van de Graaff

  • Math Review and Tooling up

  • Topics

    • What is electric charge? Point objects, Size. Atomic model

    • Methods of charging objects. Friction,Contact, Induction, Machines

    • Instruments to measure charge

    • Quantization of charge and conservation of charge

    • Coulombs Law and examples

    • Principle of superposition and examples

  • Demos

  • Elmo

    • Two pennies

    • Three charges in a plane

    • Hanging path ball

  • Polling

Charged Hair Van de Graaff Demo

  • Need a female teacher to come forward.

  • How does this gadget produce a mini-lightning bolt?

  • What upward forces are keeping your hair up?

  • How are these forces produced?

  • Why do the hair strands spread out from each other?

  • Why do they spread out radially from the head?

  • Is hair a conductor or insulator? How can we find out? Does it depend if is wet or dry.

  • To understand what is going on we need to know about charge and we need a model of electricity.

  • “In the matter of physics, the first lessons should contain nothing but what is experimental and interesting to see. A pretty experiment is in itself more valuable than 20 formulae.” Albert Einstein


  • What is charge?

  • How do we visualize it.

  • We only know charge exists because in experiments electric forces cause

  • objects to move.

  • Charge is analogous to mass in mechanics. We know how it behaves, but we

  • don’t know what it really is. The same is true for charge..

  • Need more experiments to get the point across.

    • UVa Electrostatics Kit (

    • Rub a Balloon

    • 2 x 4 on glass.

  • Need a model

More on charging using the UVa Electrostatic Kit

Bohr Model

3 protons, 3 neutrons

More complicated than just protons, neutrons, and electrons, but this will suffice.

  • Electron: Considered a point object with radius less than 10-18 meters with electric charge e= -1.6 x 10 -19 Coulombs (SI units) and mass me= 9.11 x 10 - 31 kg

  • Proton: It has a finite size with charge +e, mass mp= 1.67 x 10-27 kg and with radius

    • 0.805 +/-0.011 x 10-15 m scattering experiment

    • 0.890 +/-0.014 x 10-15 m Lamb shift experiment

  • Neutron: Similar size as proton, but with total charge = 0 and mass mn=

    • Positive and negative charges exists inside the neutron

  • Pions: Smaller than proton. Three types: + e, - e, 0 charge and radius

    • 0.66 +/- 0.01 x 10-15 m

  • Quarks: Point objects. Confined to the proton and neutron,

    • Not free

    • Proton (uud) charge = 2/3e + 2/3e -1/3e = +e

    • Neutron (udd) charge = 2/3e -1/3e -1/3e = 0

    • An isolated quark has never been found

  • Normally atoms are in the lowest energy state. This means that the material is electrically neutral. You have the same number of electrons as protons in the material.

  • How do we change this?

  • How do we add more electrons than protons or remove electrons?

  • There are several different ways.


Consider solid material like a piece of copper wire.The proton core is

fixed in position in a lattice like structure. In a conductor, the valence electrons

are free to move about. How many electrons are free to move about?

More on our Model of electricity

1cm long and a radius of 0,005 cm

Copper (Face Centered Cube) - good conductor

Copper atom:

Z=29(protons), N= 34(neutrons),

29 Electrons

Carbon or diamond - poor conductor

Summary Comments

  • Silk(+) on teflon(-)

  • Silk (-) on acrylic (+)

  • Wood doesn’t charge

  • Charged objects always attract neutral objects

  • Show Triboelectric series

  • Not only chemical composition important, structure of surface is important - monolayer of molecules involved, quantum effect.(nanotechnology)

Triboelectric series

Electrostatics is based on 4 four empirical facts

  • Conservation of charge

  • Quantization of charge

  • Coulombs Law

  • The principle of superposition

Conservation of charge

  • Rubbing does not create charge, it is transferred from object to another

  • Teflon negative - silk positive

  • Acrylic positive - silk negative

    Demo: Show electronic electroscope with cage: gives magnitude

    and sign of charge. Use teflon and silk to show + and -.

  • Nuclear reactions 0 = e+ + e-

  • Radioactive decay 238U92 = 234Th90 + 4He2

  • High energy particle reactions e- + p+ = e- + p+ + n0

What is meant by quantization of charge?

  • Discovered in 1911 by Robert A. Millikan in the oil drop experiment

  • The unit of charge is so tiny that we will never notice it comes in indivisible lumps.

  • Example: Suppose in a typical experiment we charge an object up with a nanoCoulomb of charge (Q = 10-9 C). How many elementary units, N, of charge is this?

Elementary unit of charge

Six billion units of charge



Coulombs Law

Lab Experiment

In 1785 Charles Augustin Coulomb reported in the Royal Academy Memoires using a torsion balance two charged mulberry pithballs repelled each other with a force that is inversely proportional to the distance.

Electrical Permittivity of vacuum





Point charges




Spheres same

as points




1 nC

1 nC

1 cm

1 cm


1 nC


1 nC


Coulombs Law Two Positive Charges

  • What is the magnitude of the force between two positive charges, each 1 nanoCoulomb, and 1cm apart in a typical demo?

(Equivalent to the weight

of a long strand of hair)

  • What is the direction of the force?


What is the direction of the force in unit vector notation?

1 nC

1 cm

1 nC

What is the direction of the force in unit vector notation?










Coulombs Law in vector notation.

The positive sign means the force on q2 is in the same direction as the unit vector






How do you write the Force on q1

The positive sign means the force on q1 is in the same direction as the unit vector.





Principle of SuperpositionThree charges In a line


Three charges lie on the x axis: q1=+25 nC at the origin, q2= -12 nC at

x = 2m, q3=+18 nC at x=3 m. What is the net force on q1 and the direction of

the force? We simply add the two forces keeping track of their directions.

(Directed in the positive x direction)

Uniformly charged metal spheres of Radius R

Demo: Show uniformity of charge around sphere using


Demo: Show charging spheres by induction using


(Use Elmo)

Coulombs Law Two Pennies without electrons

  • What is the force between two 3 gm pennies one meter apart if we remove

  • all the electrons from the copper atoms?




What is the force on charge q1 due to many other charges lying in a plane. I would like to show you another notation.






In practice you find the x and y comonents of all the vectors and add them up

q3= - 2 nC


2 cm

1 cm


q1= + 1 nC

q2= + 1 nC

(Use Elmo)

Example: Three point charges in a plane

Question: What is the net force on q1 and in what direction?

Hint : Find x and y components of force on q1 due to q2 and q3 and add them up.







In an atom can we neglect the gravitational force between the electrons and protons? What is the ratio of Coulomb’s electric force to Newton’s gravity force for 2 electrons separated by a distance r ?

Huge number - pure number - no units

Why are neutral objects always attracted to positive or negative charged objects.

  • For example:

  • Rubbed balloon is attracted to wall

  • Comb is attracted to small bits of paper

  • Clothes in the dryer stick together.

Demo: Put wood on the spinner and place charged teflon

and plastic rods near it.

What is the explanation of all of these phenomena?


Explanation: The neutral objects atoms and molecules orientthemselves in the following way so that the Coulomb forces due to attraction are greater than those due to repulsion because the latter are further away. (Inverse square Law)

Acrylic Rod Wooden block

Acrylic Rod Wooden block


















Attractive forces >> Repulsive Forces

  • Show induction: Click on

    • -- Demo: Using conducting spheres and electrometer

    • Demo: Electrophorus

    • Demo: Electroscope

    • Demo: hanging charged/conducting pith ball- first attraction by induction, then contact, then conduction of charge, then repulsion

Problem: Two equally charged hanging pith balls (Use Elmo)

Chapter 21 Problem 29

In crystals of a certain salt, singly charged cations form the eight corners of a cube and a singly charged anion is at the cube's center (Figure 21-32). The edge length of the cube is x = 0.32 nm. The cations are each deficient by one electron (and thus each has a charge of +e), and the anion has one excess electron (and thus has a charge of -e).

Fig. 21-32

(a) What is the magnitude of the net electrostatic force exerted on the anion by the eight cations at the corners of the cube?

(b) If one of the cations is missing, the crystal is said to have a defect. What is the magnitude of the net electrostatic force exerted on the anion by the seven remaining cations?

Chapter 21 Problem 68

Figure 21-23

In Figure 21-23 particles 1 and 2 are fixed in place, but particle 3 is free to move. If the net electrostatic force on particle 3 due to particles 1 and 2 is zero and L23 =2.00 L12, what is the ratio q1/q2?

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