2 The Origins of Electricity In the mid 18th century Ben Franklin created the idea on positive and negative electric charge.It wasn’t until 150 years later the electron was discovered.Franklin described an electric “fluid” that would flow depending on electric pressure.
3 Electric ChargeIn 1909 Robert Millikan discovered charge was “quantized.”This means there is a smallest amount.Thing about it like this, In order to have a car all the pieces must be there. If you try to take the engine out, it’s no longer a car.Electric charge is much the same.The electron has a set charge, take some away and it’s no longer an electron.
4 The Millikan Experiment Click here to recreate the Millikan oil-drop experiment
5 Charged ParticlesProtons (+e): Mass = x kg, Charge = 1.60 x CNeutron: Mass = x kg, Charge = 0Electron (-e): Mass = 9.11 x kg, Charge = x Ce = 1.60 x C
6 Neutral ObjectsIf the number of electrons equals the number of protons the object is said to be electrically neutral.In general q (charge) = Ne, where N is an integer.Since proton are much more difficult to remove, most objects are charged by removing or adding electrons.
7 Charged ObjectsWhen two dissimilar materials are rubbed together electron usually go from one to the other.Look on the triboelectric scale to see which way they go, positive or negativeAlso, charge is conserved.The net charge of an isolated system is constant
8 Like and Unlike charges Like charges repel each otherUnlike (opposite) charges attract
9 Conductors & Insulators Materials that have lose valence electrons are conductorsMaterials with tightly held valence electrons are insulatorsCan you think of some?
10 Charging by Induction (Conductors) Click on the picture to open an applet
12 Coulomb’s Law F = 1/(4peo) q1q2 / r2 1/(4peo) = k F = Force (N) eo = 8.85 x (electric permittivity of a vacuum)q = charge (Coulombs)r = distance between charges1/(4peo) = k
13 Point ChargesWhen more than two charges are acting on each other we sum the forces.Treat each pair independently, then add the forces.r1r2q1q2q3
14 Point Charges in 2DWhen more than two charges are acting on each other in 2D, sum the forces for x and y dimensions.Again, treat each pair independently, then add the forces.q3r2q1q2r1
15 Electric FieldJust like mass create gravitational fields, charges create electric fieldsWith gravity the field strength is measure as Newton per kilogramWhat do you think Electric fields are measured in?Newton's per Coulomb
16 Measuring the Electric Field If the unit is Newton's per Coulomb, what is the equation?E = F / qoSimple enough, right.E = Electric FieldF = Forceqo = charge producing field
17 Summing electric Fields It is the surrounding charges that create an electric field at a given point in space.Look at Example 8
18 Parallel Plate Capacitors To store charge a capacitor is used.The most common type is a parallel plate capacitor.Charge is spread uniformly, not really, through out the plateE = q /eoA = s / eos = charge Density
19 Picturing the Electric Field Click on the picture to open an applet
20 Electric Field RulesFields start at positive and end at negative, or start or end at infinity.This is by convention. The field is said to predict the movement of a positive charge.The density of lines should represent the strength of the field.A positive charge will have a velocity tangent to a field line.Field lines do not actually exist since the are an infinite number of paths a test charge can take.
21 Electric Fields Inside Conductors Excess electric charge moves to the surface of a conductorAt equilibrium the electric field inside a conductor is zeroThis comes from the fact that free electrons will not move inside the conductor.So the electric field lines don’t penetrate the conductorThe electric field outside a conductor is perpendicular to the surfaceClick here for more info