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General Physics 2Electric Field1 E2 - Electric Field Electrostatic & gravitational force act at a distance, no direct push or pull Electric Field conceived.

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1 General Physics 2Electric Field1 E2 - Electric Field Electrostatic & gravitational force act at a distance, no direct push or pull Electric Field conceived by Michael Faraday extends out from every charged object other charges interact with field direction of field determined by motion induced on a positive test charge

2 General Physics 2 Electric Field 2 E2 - Electric Field Coulomb’s Law Action-at-a-distance model Charges act directly on one each other Electric Field Field model Field acts on charge

3 General Physics 2Electric Field3 Electric field is a vector expressed in terms of the electric force and the charge If Q > 0, E points away from Q Insert fig. E2.1

4 General Physics 2Electric Field4 Magnitude of Test Charge, q 0 The test charge is a conceptual tool to help understand the magnitude and direction of the electric field. The magnitude of the test charge is VERY small. The test charge does not affect existing charge distribution

5 Electric Field: A proton is released in a uniform electric field, and it experiences an electric force toward the south. What is the direction of the electric field? 1. North 2. South 3. East 4. West

6 Electric Field: An electron is released in a uniform electric field, and it experiences an electric force toward the west. What is the direction of the electric field? 1. North 2. South 3. East 4. West

7 Electric Field: What are the magnitude and direction of the electric force on an electron (e=1.6x C) in a uniform electric field of strength 2000 N/C that points due east? x10 -16, east x10 -16, west x10 -23, east x10 -23, west

8 General Physics 2Electric Field8 Think-Pair-Share Calculate the electric field 0.1 m from a C charge.

9 General Physics 2Electric Field9 Analogy Electric field is electric force per unit charge. What is the analogous quantity for gravitational force? Derive a mathematical expression for gravitational field. Have you seen this quantity before?

10 General Physics 2Electric Field10 Electric Field Lines Field lines show the magnitude (in a relative way) and the direction of the force felt by a positive test charge Insert E2.2

11 General Physics 2Electric Field11 Electric Field Lines (L) Draw field lines for the following charge distributions -+

12 General Physics 2Electric Field12 Electric Field Lines (L) Draw field lines for the following charge distributions --

13 General Physics 2Electric Field13 Superposition How do you calculate the electric field due to multiple charges? Calculate the field due to each charge and add them up!

14 General Physics 2Electric Field14 Think-Pair-Share (L) Two charges, Q1 and Q2, are separated by 100 nm. What is the electric field midway between the charges? Q2 = 10 x C Q1 = -1x10 -6 C

15 General Physics 2Electric Field15 Think-Pair-Share (L) Two charges, Q1 and Q2, are separated by 100 nm. Where on the line joining Q1 and Q2 is the electric field equal to zero? Q1 = 1x10 -6 C Q2 = 10 x C

16 General Physics 2Electric Field16 Electric Field is a Vector What is the net Electric field at point A? What is the net force on a charge Q that is placed at A?

17 General Physics 2Electric Field17 Electric Field of a dipole A dipole is a pair of particles separated by a small distance, equal magnitude and opposite signs The field of a dipole decreases with distance more rapidly than a single charge Insert E2.4

18 General Physics 2Electric Field18 A dipole has an electric field A dipole is electrically neutral, so why does it have a field? The electric field of the near charge is longer than that of the far charge Insert E2.5

19 General Physics 2Electric Field19 Field of the dipole Insert E2.6 and E2.7, E2.8 E2.9, E2.10

20 General Physics 2Electric Field20 Torque of a dipole The torque of a dipole in an external electric field d is the distance displacement vector from “-” to “+” Insert E2.9

21 General Physics 2Electric Field21 Water is a dipole If water is put in an electric field, the water molecules will experience a torque that attempts to twist them Insert E2.8 and E2.10

22 Lightning Hail Ice Crystals Upward streamers of + ions travels up from ground. Lightning occurs if it meets stepped leader from cloud. Interactions b/w hail and smaller ice crystals transfer e- to hail. They are heavier and sink to base of cloud. Path of lightning is about 1 cm in diameter Thunder: shock wave created by rapid heating of air e- run away from cloud base, leaving net + charge on ground under cloud Light due to e-’s recombining w/ions

23 General Physics 2Electric Field23 Lethal Strike Physiological effects of a direct strike: stops heart paralyzes muscles internal burns Heart may restart, but breathing won’t need mouth-to-mouth Other types of strikes: Side flash or touching struck object Ground current Dead-end upward streamer

24 General Physics 2Electric Field24 Lightning Rods Provide path for current to pass directly to ground without passing through building path of least resistance Diffuse charge build-up Photo from lightning research center in FL lightning rods may not provide enough protection to homes built on sandy soil

25 General Physics 2Electric Field25 Lightning Safety Lightning kills ~100 people per year in US Stay inside if possible. Avoid: showers much lower resistance when wet phones (cell phones are ok) any electrical appliances If outside, avoid tall objects seek low-lying area duck head, crouch pull feet together, run, hop on one foot (ground current) stay in car - Faraday cage (Note: Saturns are not safe!)

26 General Physics 2Electric Field26 Lightning: Physical Characteristics Voltage several hundred million volts Current electrons in a fraction of a second ~10 kiloamps So what is a Volt? what is an amp? Good question. We’ll get to that soon.

27 Electric Field: The electric field just before a lightning strike points: 1. toward the ground 2. toward the cloud 3. along the ground

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29 General Physics 2Electric Field29 Group Problems E2B.4, E2B.5, E2S.2


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