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Electric Fields

Electric field is defined as the electric force per unit charge. Thus:
E = F/q or F = qE
Point charge:
E = kq/r^{2}
The direction of the field is taken to be the direction of the force it would
exert on a positive test charge. The electric field is radially outward from a
positive charge and radially in toward a negative point charge. This is
illustrated in the following examples.
Colinear charges:
A  B
+o++
0.02m ^ 0.02m 0.1m
5.5μC 2.5μC
E_{A} = k(5.5μC)/(.02)^{2}  k(2.5μC)/(.12 m)^{2}
The negative charge term is positive because the electric field at A
is pointing in the positive x direction. While the positive charges term
is negative because the electric field is pointing in the negative
x direction.
E_{B} = k(5.5μC)/(.02)^{2}  k(2.5)/(.08)^{2}
The negative charge term is negative because the electric field at B
is pointing in the negative x direction. While the positive charges
term is negative because the electric field is pointing in the negative
x direction.
Charges at corner of a square:
A B
2q < d > 3q
. α
^ .
 .
d .
 .
v .
+q 4q
D C
Force on A:
x: F_{AB} + F_{AC}cosα
y: F_{AD} + F_{AC}sinα
B is pushing A to the left.
D is pulling A downwards.
C_{x} is pushing A upwards
C_{y} is pushing A to the left.
Infinite line of charge:
E_{z}
/
/  λ = charge per unit length
r /  z
/ α 
 x>
a b
dE_{z} = (kλdx/r^{2})cosα = (kλdx/r^{2})(z/r)
b
= kλz∫dx/(z^{2} + x^{2})^{3/2}
a
= (kλ/z)[b/(z^{2} + b^{2}) + a/(z^{2} + b^{2})]
As a and b > ∞ E = 2kλ/z = λ/2πzε_{0}
Charged ring:
E_{z}
/
/ 
r/ z
/ 
/ θ 
 Q
R
E_{z} = kQcosθ/r^{2} = kQz/r^{3} = kQz/(z^{2} + R^{2})^{3/2}
The max field is when dE/dz = 0 => z = R/√2
Charged disc:
R
E_{z} = 2πkzσ∫R'dR'/(z^{2} + R'^{2})^{3/2}
0
= 2πkσ[1  z/(z^{2} + R^{2})]
Gauss's Law

The total electric flux ,φ, out of a closed surface is equal to the charge enclosed
by the surface divided by the permittivity. In integral form:
∫E.dA = φ = q/ε_{0}
φ is perpendicular to A. If not then φ = EAcosθ (dot product)
Gauss's law is an alternative to Coulomb's law for calculating the electric field
due to a given distribution of charge.
Point charge:
q >x E_{x} = kq/r^{2} Coulomb
r
φ = EA = q/ε_{0}
E = q/ε_{0}A
= q/4πr^{2}ε_{0}
= kq/r^{2}
Infinite line of charge:
φ = EA = q/ε_{0} = λl/ε_{0} λ = charge per unit length
E = λl/2πε_{0}rl
= λ/2πε_{0}r
Infinite sheet of charge (2 surfaces):
^ E

 A φ = E2A = σA/ε_{0}

v E E = σ/2ε
Electric Field Inside a Conductor

In steady state the electric field inside a conductor must be 0 otherwise
charges would move around until they find an arrangement that makes the
electric field equal to 0 in the interior. Any net charge must therefore
reside on the surface.
^ E

 A
 E = 0 

The outward flux from the surface is EA
The charge enclosed = σA/ε_{0} where σ is the charge per unit area
Therefore,
σA/ε_{0} = EA so E = σ/ε_{0}
Ex 1.
Suppose that a steam of negatively charged particles is blown through a circular
pipe with radius r = 5.0cm. Assume that the charge is spread throughout the volume
of particles in the pipe so that the charge density ρ is constant. (1) Find
the formula for the electric field at the pipe surface. (2) Find the formula for
the field at a distance r_{1} from the pipe surface.
(1)
EA = q/ε_{0}
q = πr^{2}lρ
A = 2πrl
=> E = ρr/2ε_{0}
(2)
EA = q/ε_{0}
q = πr^{2}lρ
A = 2πr_{1}l
=> E = πr^{2}lρ/2πr_{1}ε_{0}l = r^{2}ρ/2r_{1}ε_{0}
Now,
ρ = q/πr^{2}l
E = r^{2}(q/πr^{2}l)/2r_{1}ε_{0} = (q/πl)/2r_{1}ε_{0} = (q/l)/2πr_{1}ε_{0} = λ/2πr_{1}ε_{0}
where λ is the charge per unit length. This equation is the same as the
one for the field due to an infinite line of charge.
Electric Potential Energy and Electric Potential (Voltage)

Electric Potential energy, U, can be defined as the capacity for doing work
which arises from position or configuration.
U = force * distance = kQq/r = qE.r = qErcosθ
In terms of calculus:
ΔU = ∫F.dr = ∫Frcosθ
x
A q B
\θ 
h \  y
\ 
\
C
U_{AB} = qEx
U_{BC} = 0
U_{AC} = qEhcosθ = x
Therefore, the trajectory doesn't matter  only displacment in the direction
of the field is counted.
If a positive charge moves in the same direction as the field then U will fall.
(the field does work on the charge). If it moves against the field, U will rise
(an external agent must do work on the charge). The opposite is true for a
negative charge in the same field.
The voltage difference (aka electrical potential), V, is defined as the work done
per unit charge against an electric field.
V = U/q = kQq/rq = kQ/r = (kQ/r^{2})r = Er
Therefore,
E = V/r and U = qV
In terms of calculus:
ΔV = dW/q = (1/q)∫F.ds = ∫E.ds = ∫Ecosθds
E = dV/dx
Ex 1.
Electron in electric field. How fast is it moving after distance s?
F = qE = ma
=> a = qE/m
v^{2} = 2as assume initial velocity = 0
Alternatively, if we were given the potential difference, V
qV/s = ma
=> a = qV/ms
v^{2} = 2as
= (2qV/ms)s
= 2qV/m
Note: The final speed of the electron is entirely determined by its charge and the
potential difference through which it is accelerated.
We could also use the conservation of energy to solve the problem.
U = qV = (1/2)mv^{2}
v^{2} = 2qV/m
Ex 2. Dipole. Find points where electric potential is a certain +V
Q +Q
++++>x
d O A +d B
The electric potential will look something like:

/ \
d / \
0
\ / +d
\ /

There will be 2 points, A and B, that satisfy this condition.
V_{A} = KQ/(x + d)  KQ/(d  x)
= KQ{1/(x + d)  1/(d  x)}
= KQ{((x + d)  (d  x)/(x + d)(d  x)}
V_{A}/KQ = 2x/(d^{2}  x^{2})
solve for x.
V_{B} = KQ/(x + d)  KQ/(x  d)
= KQ{1/(x + d)  1/(x  d)}
= KQ{((x + d)  (x  d)/(x + d)(x  d)}
V_{B}/KQ = 2d/(x^{2}  d^{2})
solve for x.