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1 Electrostatics Deals with electric charges at rest, or static electricity on the surface of an object.

2 Sub-atomic particles Effect static electricity charging Protons (p + ) – in nucleus (center) of an atom – positively charged Neutrons (n 0 ) – in nucleus (center) of an atom – neutral (no effect on charge) Electrons (e - ) – move freely outside of the atom – negatively charged

3 RULE OF ELECTRIC CHARGE Electrical Charge – a force that one charge exerts on another An amount of static electricity can ignite volatile substances (gasoline) A large difference in the charges in the air can trigger a lightning. Opposite charges attract each other – protons are attracted to electrons because they have different electric charges Like charges repel – one electron would repel another electron because they have the same electric charge.

4 Mobility of charged particles Remember, an electron (e-) is free to move but a proton is “locked in” to the nucleus of an atom. This means that when charging occurs, the electrons either move from one physical body to another, OR are rearranged within an existing body. DON’T FORGET THIS!

5 Migrant Electrons Electrons are opportunistic migrants – for electrons to make a move from the atoms of one material to the atoms of another material, there must be an energy source, a motive, and a low-resistance pathway. – Charged objects (ions) have an unequal number of protons and electrons

6 Unit of Charge Coulomb – The charge on a single electron is -1.6 x C – The charge on a single proton is +1.6 x C – Charge is the difference between number of electrons and protons

7 Example 1 – Calculating Charge The amount of charge carried by a lightning bolt is estimated at 10 C. What quantity of excess electrons is carried by the lightning bolt? 1 electron = 1.6 x C (10 C)(1.6 x C) = 6.25 x electrons

8 Electric Charge is Conserved When one body loses an electron, the other body will gain that electron so that there is a net charge on each body, but no electrons are destroyed in the process.

9 How distance effects strength of attraction – Coulomb’s Law The farther apart opposite charges are, the weaker the attraction force between them. The closer the charges get, the stronger the force becomes. – F = force – k c = Coulomb’s constant (9x10 9 Nm 2 /C 2 ) – q 1 = charge of particle 1 – q 2 = charge of particle 2 – r = distance

10 Example 2 – Coulomb’s Law One charge of 2.0 C is 1.5 m away from a – 3.0 C charge. Determine the force they exert on each other. The negative sign just means that one charge is positive, the other is negative, so there is an attractive force between them.

11 Example 3 Two balloons are charged with an identical quantity and type of charge of -6.25x10 9 C. They are held apart at a separation distance of.617 m. Determine the magnitude of the electrical force of repulsion between them.

12 Example 4 Two balloons with charges of μC and μC attract each other with a force of Newton. Determine the separation distance between the two balloons.

13 Insulators Any material that does not conduct electricity store electrons on their surface. Ex: Plastics, dried wood, glass, fabric, and other non-metals Metals are CONDUCTORS, and do not store charges (wires in your home, etc.)

14 METHODS OF CHARGING Friction Conduction Induction

15 Friction When 2 uncharged objects come into contact, electrons are stripped from one object onto the other and they receive opposite charges. Usually happens when objects rub together.

16 Conduction When a charged object touches an uncharged object, some of the charge moves so that both objects have the same charges. The new charge will be weaker than the original one.


18 Induction When a charged object approaches, but does not touch an uncharged object, a migration of electrons creates an “apparent” charge on the object even though the net charge remains zero

19 Charging by Induction: Charged object drives off like charges, leaves charged object with opposite charge

20 Electric Field Field Lines -Invisible lines surrounding a charge manifesting a force. Number of lines per area represents field strength As lines diverge, field strength diminishes More charges means greater number of field lines

21 Electric Field Field lines move away from positive toward negative charges.

22 Example 5 Which region experiences greater electric field strength? – region A Where is that region located? – near the charge

23 Electric Dipole Two point charges of equal magnitudes and opposite signs. Near the charge the field lines are radial All lines that emerge will terminate Emerge on positive charge and terminate on negative.

24 2 Equal Positive Charges Field lines do not cross Repulsion Like Charges For Negative charges, reverse the direction of the field lines.

25 Unequal Charges Given a positive charge that is 2X that of negative, how will the lines terminate? – Only half the lines that emanate from the positive charge will terminate in negative charge – Rest of lines terminate at infinity.

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