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1 Electric Potential Mr. Burns SPH4UIElectric PotentialMr. Burns
2 Electricity has Energy To separate negative and positive charges from each other, work must be done against the force of attraction. Therefore seperated charges are in a higher-energy state. When the charges are brought back together again, energy must be released. It may be in the form of a spark.Consider a small test charge in the electric field around a positive charged object. The field is pushing it in the direction of the field lines. If some external force pushes it the other way, against the direction of the field, work is being done on it.Therefore, a positive charge has its greatest electric potential energy at the upper end (closest to charged object) of the field. Since the field pushes a negative charge the other way, its potential energy is greatest at the lower end.F
3 Total energy = K + U is constant! Review: Gravitational Force is conservativeConsider a comet in a highly elliptical orbitU(r)U(r1)U(r2)pt 1pt 2MorepotentialenergyLesspotentialenergyAt point 1, particle has a lot of potential energy, but little kinetic energyTotal energy = K + Uis constant!At point 2, particle has little potential energy, but a lot of kinetic energy
4 Electric Potential Energy We see that potential energy increases as opposite charges recede, and that potential energy increases as like charges approach.
5 Doesn’t it kinda look familiar? Electric Potential EnergyElectric Potential Energy:Doesn’t it kinda look familiar?
6 Electric Potential Energy The electrostatic force is a conservative (=“path independent”) forceIt is possible to define an electrical potential energy function with this forceWork done by a conservative force is equal to the negative of the change in potential energy.Think of the work done by gravity to raise an object to a higher location, since gravity points down and the displacement is up, therefore the work is negative. Yet, the potential energy increases.
7 Electric Force is conservative Consider a charged particle traveling through a region of static electric field:A negative charge is attracted to the fixed positive chargenegative charge has more potential energy and less kinetic energy far from the fixed positive charge, and…more kinetic energy and less potential energy near the fixed positive charge.But, the total energy is conserved+---+We will now discuss electric potential energy and the electrostatic potential….
8 Electric Potential describes how much work is done per unit charge. Consider the electric potential energy not just of any charge q2, but of a unit positive test charge when in the field of any other charge q1.We call this value of potential energy per unit positive charge the electric potential.The units of electric potential are joules per coulomb, or voltsRecall: Electric Potential Energy:Electric Potential describes how much work is done per unit charge.
9 + Electric Potential Difference High PotentialLow Potential+Electric Potential DifferenceThe amount of work required per unit charge to move a positive charge from one point to another in the presence of an electric field.The units are also volts
10 Energy and Charge Movements A positive charge gains electrical potential energy when it is moved in a direction opposite the electric fieldIf a charge is released in the electric field, it experiences a force and accelerates, gaining kinetic energyAs it gains kinetic energy, it loses an equal amount of electrical potential energyA negative charge loses electrical potential energy when it moves in the direction opposite the electric field
11 Energy and Charge Movements When the electric field is directed downward, point B is at a lower potential than point AA positive test charge that moves from A to B loses electric potential energyIt will gain the same amount of kinetic energy as it loses potential energyF=
12 Summary of Positive Charge Movements and Energy When a positive charge is placed in an electric fieldIt moves in the direction of the fieldIt moves from a point of higher potential to a point of lower potentialIts electrical potential energy decreasesIts kinetic energy increases
13 Summary of Negative Charge Movements and Energy When a negative charge is placed in an electric fieldIt moves opposite to the direction of the fieldIt moves from a point of lower potential to a point of higher potentialIt moves from a point where it has higher potential energy to a point where it has lower potential energy.Its electrical potential energy decreasesIts kinetic energy increases
14 Review of Potential and Potential Energy Force:- Moves from High Potential (V) to Low Potential (V)++- Potential energy (U) decreases- Electric Field (E) does positive workForce: - Moves from Low Potential (V) to High Potential (V)+-- Potential energy (U) decreases- Electric Field (E) does positive workForce: - Moves from High Potential (V) to Low Potential (V)-+- Potential energy (U) decreases- Electric Field (E) does positive workForce: - Moves from Low Potential (V) to High Potential (V)--- Potential energy (U) decreases- Electric Field (E) does positive work
15 Electric potential energy Imagine two positive charges, one with charge Q1, the other with charge Q2:Initially the charges are very far apart, so we say that the initial energy Ui of interaction is zero(we are free to define the energy zero somewhere).If we want to push the particles together, this will require work (since they want to repel). the final energy Uf of the system will increase by the same amount: DU = Uf – Ui = DWQ2Q1Q1Q2
16 Electric potential Energy Pretend q1 is fixed at the origin.What is the work required to move q2, initially at infinity, to a distance r away?Q1Q2rRemember – work is force times distance:What if q2 were negative (but q1 still positive)?Then the work “required” by us would be negative the charges would like to come together.In this case the final energy is negative!Particles will move to minimize the final potential energy.
17 Electric Potential Energy In addition to discussing the energy of a “test” charge in a Coulomb field, we can speak of the electric potential energy of the field itself!Reasons?Work had to be done to assemble the charges (from infinity) into their final positions.This work is the potential energy of the field.The potential energy of a system of N charges is defined to be the algebraic sum of the potential energy for every pair of charges.This theme continues in the course with E in capacitors and B in inductors – these devices store electric and magnetic energy.We will start with a couple of example calculations…
18 Electric Potential Energy -q+2qdExample 1: What is the potential energy of this collection of charges?Step 1: Bring in +2q from infinity. This costs nothing.Step 2: Bring in one -q charge. The force is attractive! The work required is negative:Step 3: Bring in 2nd -q charge. It is attracted to the +2q, but repelled from the other -q charge. The total work (all 3 charges) isA negative amount of work was required to bring these charges from infinity to where they are now (i.e., the attractive forces between the charges are larger than the repulsive ones).
19 Consider the 3 collections of point charges shown below. ACT 1Consider the 3 collections of point charges shown below.Which collection has the smallest potential energy?(a)(b)(c)d-Q+Q
20 Consider the 3 collections of point charges shown below. ACT 1Consider the 3 collections of point charges shown below.Which collection has the smallest potential energy?(a)(b)(c)d-Q+QWe have to do positive work to assemble the charges in (a) since they all have the same charge and will naturally repel each other. In (b) and (c), it’s not clear whether we have to do positive or negative work since there are 2 attractive pairs and one repulsive pair.(a)(b)(c)U
21 Electric PotentialATwo charges which are equal in magnitude, but opposite in sign are placed at equal distances from point A.If a third charge is added to the system and placed at point A, how does the electric potential energy of the charge collection change ?a) increasesb) decreasesc) doesn’t change
22 Electric potentialConsider that we have three charges fixed in space.Q1Q2Q3The potential energy of an added test charge q0 at point P is justq0r1pr2pr3pNote that this factors: q0 x (the effects of all other charges)Just as we previously defined the electric field as the ratio of force/charge, we now define the electric potential as the potential energy/charge:or U = q0VU depends on what qo is, but V is independent of qo (can be + or -)Units of electric potential are volts: 1 V = 1 J/CV is a scalar field, defined everywhere in space.
23 Work and Potential Energy There is a uniform field between the two platesAs the positive charge moves from A to B, work is doneWAB=F d=(q E) dΔU =-W AB=-q E donly for a uniform field
24 Work and Potential Energy A proton moves from rest in an electric field of 8.0104 V/m along the +x axis for 50 cm. Find:a) the change in in the electric potentialb) the change in the electrical potential energyc) the speed after it has moved 50 cm.
25 Work and Potential Energy b) the change in the electrical potential energy
27 Potential Difference (=“Voltage Drop”) The potential difference (V) between points A and B is defined as the change in the potential energy (U) (final value minus initial value) of a charge q moved from A to B divided by the size of the chargePotential Difference is not the same as Potential Energy
28 Electric potential difference, in terms of E BEFelecFwe supply = -FelecSuppose charge q0 is moved from pt A to pt B through a region of space described by electric field E.q0Force on the charge due to E work WAB≡WAB will have to be done to accomplish this task:ÞTo get a positive test charge from lower potential to higher potential you need to invest energy - you need to do work.The overall sign of this: A positive charge would “fall” from a higher potential to a lower oneIf a positive charge moves from high to low potential, it can do work on you; you do “negative work” on the charge.
29 Potential Difference and a Battery Electric circuits are all about the movement of charge between varying locations and the corresponding loss and gain of energy which accompanies this movement. The concept of electric potential can be applied to a simple battery-powered electric circuit. Work must be done on a positive test charge to move it through the battery from the negative terminal to the positive terminal. This work would increase the potential energy of the charge and thus increase its electric potential. As the positive test charge moves through the external circuit from the + terminal to the negative terminal, it decreases its electric potential energy and thus is at low potential by the time it returns to the negative terminal. If a 12 volt battery is used in the circuit, then every coulomb of charge is gaining 12 joules of potential energy as it moves through the battery. And similarly, every coulomb of charge loses 12 joules of electric potential energy as it passes through the external circuit.
30 Potential Difference and a Battery With a clear understanding of electric potential difference, the role of a battery in a simple circuit can be correctly understood. The battery simply supplies the energy to do work upon the charge to move it from the negative terminal to the positive terminal. By providing energy to the charge, the battery is capable of maintaining an electric potential difference across the two ends of the external circuit. Once the charge has reached the high potential terminal, it will naturally flow through the wires to the low potential
31 Potential difference and Energy Question What is the potential difference across an air conditioner if 72C of charge transfer 8.5 x 103 J of energy to the fan and compressor?
32 Potential difference and Energy Question A static electric shock delivered to a student from a friend transfers 15 J of electric energy through a potential difference of 500V. What is the quantity of charge transferred in the spark?
33 Point C is at a higher potential than point A? True False Electric potentialEABCPoints A, B, and C lie in a uniform electric field. What is the potential difference between points A and B?ΔVAB = VB - VAa) ΔVAB > 0b) ΔVAB = 0c) ΔVAB < 0Point C is at a higher potential than point A?True False
34 Electric potential Question A positive charge is released from rest in a region ofelectric field. The charge moves:a) towards a region of smaller electric potentialb) along a path of constant electric potentialc) towards a region of greater electric potential
35 If you want to move in a region of electric field without Electric potential Understanding QuestionIf you want to move in a region of electric field withoutchanging your electric potential energy. How would you choose the direction ?You would have to moveperpendicular to the fieldif you wish to move without changing electric potential.
36 Electric Potential Difference A single charge ( Q = -1mC) is fixed at the origin. Define point A at x = + 5m and point B at x = +2m.What is the sign of the potential difference between A and B? (Δ VAB º VB - VA )(a) ΔVAB < 0(b) Δ VAB = 0(c) Δ VAB > 0x-1mCABThe simplest way to get the sign of the potential difference is to imagine placing a positive charge at point A and determining which way it would move. Remember that a positive charge will always “fall” to lower potential.A positive charge at A would be attracted to the -1mC charge; therefore NEGATIVE work would be done to move the charge from A to B.
37 Δ VAB is Independent of Path Δ VAB is the same for any path chosen to move from A to B (because electric forces are conservative).ABqE
38 Electric potentialEquipotential lines are connected lines of the same potential. These often appear on field line diagrams. Equipotential lines are always perpendicular to field lines, and therefore perpendicular to the force experienced by a charge in the field. If a charge moves along an equipotential line, no work is done; if a charge moves between equipotential lines, work is done.
39 Equipotentials and Electric Fields Lines (Positive Charge): The equipotentials for a point charge are a family of spheres centered on the point chargeThe field lines are perpendicular to the electric potential at all points
40 Electric potential Question A positive charge Q is moved from A to B along the path shown by the arrow. What is the sign of the work done to move the charge from A to B?AB(a) WAB < 0(b) WAB = 0(c) WAB > 0A direct calculation of the work done to move a positive charge from point A to point B is not easy.Neither the magnitude nor the direction of the field is constant along the straight line from A to B.But, you DO NOT have to do the direct calculation.Remember: potential difference is INDEPENDENT OF THE PATH!!Therefore we can take any path we wish.Choose a path along the arc of a circle centered at the charge.
41 Electric Potential: Where is it zero? Define the electric potential of a point in space as the potential difference between that point and a reference point.a good reference point is infinity ... we often set V = 0Thus, at a distance r from a spherical point charge q, the electric potential is given by:
42 Potential from N charges The potential from a collection of N charges is just the algebraic sum of the potential due to each charge separately (this is much easier to calculate than the net electric field, which would be a vector sum).Q1Q2Q3Pr1pr2pr3pÞ
43 Two charges q1 = + 5 μC, q2 = -3μC are placed at equal distances Voltage+5 μC-3 μCATwo charges q1 = + 5 μC, q2 = -3μC are placed at equal distancesfrom the point A. What is the electric potential at point A?a) VA < 0b) VA = 0c) VA > 0
44 The Electron VoltThe electron volt (eV) is defined as the energy that an electron (or proton) gains when accelerated through a potential difference of 1 VElectrons in normal atoms have energies of 10’s of eVExcited electrons have energies of 1000’s of eVHigh energy gamma rays have energies of millions of eV1 V=1 J/C 1 eV = 1.6 x J
45 Electric potential energy SummaryElectric potential energyIs the energy of an electrically charged particle In an electric field.Defined as work that must be done to move it from an infinite distance away to its present location.Can be positive or negative (same signs then positive, opposite signs then negative)
46 SummaryElectric PotentialIs the value of the potential energy per unit of positive charge in Volts.
47 Electric Potential Difference SummaryElectric Potential DifferenceIs the amount of work required per unit charge to move a positive charge from one point to another in the presence of an electric field.The electrical potential energy for each coulomb of charge in a circuit is called the electric potential difference
48 We are given a potential difference Summary ActsHow much work does it take to move a charge of +30 nanocoulombs through a potential difference of 6.0 voltsSolution:We are given a potential differenceWe want work or change in potential energyTherefore:
49 We require velocity, therefore think about energy (½ mv2). Summary ActsFind the speed of the mass of 2.5 x 10-6 kg if it moves through a potential difference of 30.0 V and has a charge of 4.1 x 10-6 C.Solution:Work =change kinetic energyWe require velocity, therefore think about energy (½ mv2).
50 Summary Equations(magnitude only)Electric Field is a Vector quantity (N/C)Potential energyCharge density for parallel plates.Electric potential: Where q0 is the test charge and Q is the charge creating the fieldWork done
51 Summary Equationsn is the number of electronsFor parallel platesTotal flux closed circleAny enclosed surfaceElectric field of cylinder at a distance r from centre, Is charge density.Capacitance of capacitorIn series, in parallel
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