10.1 Properties of Electric Charges

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10.1 Properties of Electric Charges
Static electricity – not moving
Two types of charge
positive (+) when electrons are lost
negative (-) when electrons are gained
Objects can gain charges by rubbing
10.1 Properties of Electric Charges
Like charges repel
Unlike charges attract
Law of Conservation of electric charge – the
net amount of electric charge produced in a
process is zero
10.1 Properties of Electric Charges
Robert Millikan – charge is always
a multiple of a fundamental unit
Quantized – occurs in discrete
The discrete bundle is an electron
The charge on a single
electron is
1.602 x10
10.1 Properties of Electric Charges
10.2 Insulators and Conductors
Conductors – outer
electrons of atoms
are free to move
through the
Insulator – electrons
tightly held, do
not move
10.2 Insulators and Conductors
Semiconductors – conduct electricity under
some circumstances, don’t under other
Charges can be transferred by contact
Called Charging by Conduction
10.2 Insulators and Conductors
Induction – charging without
Object is brought near a
charged object
Electrons move
Object is grounded
An electroscope measures if
an object has a charge on
10.2 Insulators and Conductors
10.3 Coulomb’s Law
Electric charges apply forces to each other
From experiments
Force is proportional
to charge
Inversely proportional
to square of distance
F k 2
k  8.988 x10 Nm / C
10.3 Coulomb’s Law
Equation – gives magnitude of force
Opposite charges – force directed toward
each other
Like charges – force directed away from each
Charge is measured in Coulombs
10.3 Coulomb’s Law
1 Coulomb is the amount of charge, that if
placed 1 m apart would result in a force of
9x109 N
Charges are quantized – that is they come in
discrete values
e  1.602 x10
The constant k relates to the constant called
the permittivity of free space
 0  8.85 x10 C / Nm
10.3 Coulomb’s Law
These are forces, so be sure to use vector
math, draw free body diagrams
For multiple objects, require multiple free body
10.3 Coulomb’s Law
10.4 The Electric Field
Electrical forces act over distances
Field forces, like gravity
Michael Faraday
electric field – extends
outward from every charge
and permeates all of space
The field is defined by the force
it applies to a test charge
placed in the field
10.4 The Electric Field
The Electric field would then be
E 2
q is the test charge
We can also say that F  Eq
Remember that E is independent of the test
The electric field is also a vector (free body
diagrams are probably a good idea)
10.4 The Electric Field
10.5 Electric Field Lines
To visualize electric fields
Draw electric field lines
Direction of the lines is the
direction of force on a
positive test charge
The density of the lines
indicates relative
strength of the field
Note: the field density increase
as you get closer
10.5 Electric Field Lines
For multiple charges, keep in mind
1. Field lines indicate the direction of the field
The actual field is tangent to the field lines
2. The magnitude of the field is relative to the
field line density
3. Fields start at positive and end at
Field Lines
10.5 Electric Field Lines
If the field is produced by two closely spaced
parallel plates
The field density is constant
So the electric field is
Electric Dipole – two
point charges of
equal magnitude
but oppsite sign
10.5 Electric Field Lines
10.7 Potential Difference and Electric Potential
Electricity can be viewed in terms of energy
The electrostatic force is conservative
because it depends on displacement
PE  W
PE  Fd
PE  qEd
We can calculate this value for a uniform
electric field
10.7 Potential Difference and Electric Potential
Positive test charge – increases when moved
against the field
Negative test charge – increases when moved
with the field
Electric Potential (Potential) – electric
potential energy per unit charge
10.7 Potential Difference and Electric Potential
Only difference in potential are meaningful
Potential Difference (Electric Potential
Difference) – is measureable
V 
Measured in volts (after
Alessandro Volta)
1V 
10.7 Potential Difference and Electric Potential
If we want a specific potential value at a point,
we must pick a zero point.
That point is usually either
A. The ground
B. At an infinite distance r  
10.7 Potential Difference and Electric Potential
10.8 Electric Potential & Potential Energy
Using calculus it can be shown that the
electric potential a distance r from a single
point charge q is
V k
Assuming that potential is zero at infinity
Like Potential Difference, this value is a scalar
10.8 Electric Potential & Potential Energy