5.1 Electric Charge
Common static electricity involves charges ranging from nanocoulombs to microcoulombs. (a) How many electrons are needed to form a charge of −2.00 nC? (b) How many electrons must be removed from a neutral object to leave a net charge of ?
If electrons move through a pocket calculator during a full day’s operation, how many coulombs of charge moved through it?
To start a car engine, the car battery moves electrons through the starter motor. How many coulombs of charge were moved?
A certain lightning bolt moves 40.0 C of charge. How many fundamental units of charge is this?
A 2.5-g copper penny is given a charge of . (a) How many excess electrons are on the penny? (b) By what percent do the excess electrons change the mass of the penny?
A 2.5-g copper penny is given a charge of . (a) How many electrons are removed from the penny? (b) If no more than one electron is removed from an atom, what percent of the atoms are ionized by this charging process?
5.2 Conductors, Insulators, and Charging by Induction
Suppose a speck of dust in an electrostatic precipitator has protons in it and has a net charge of −5.00 nC (a very large charge for a small speck). How many electrons does it have?
An amoeba has protons and a net charge of 0.300 pC. (a) How many fewer electrons are there than protons? (b) If you paired them up, what fraction of the protons would have no electrons?
A 50.0-g ball of copper has a net charge of . What fraction of the copper’s electrons has been removed? (Each copper atom has 29 protons, and copper has an atomic mass of 63.5.)
What net charge would you place on a 100-g piece of sulfur if you put an extra electron on 1 in of its atoms? (Sulfur has an atomic mass of 32.1 u.)
How many coulombs of positive charge are there in 4.00 kg of plutonium, given its atomic mass is 244 and that each plutonium atom has 94 protons?
5.3 Coulomb's Law
Two point particles with charges and are held in place by 3-N forces on each charge in appropriate directions. (a) Draw a free-body diagram for each particle. (b) Find the distance between the charges.
Two charges and are fixed 1 m apart, with the second one to the right. Find the magnitude and direction of the net force on a −2-nC charge when placed at the following locations: (a) halfway between the two (b) half a meter to the left of the charge (c) half a meter above the charge in a direction perpendicular to the line joining the two fixed charges
In a salt crystal, the distance between adjacent sodium and chloride ions is What is the force of attraction between the two singly charged ions?
Protons in an atomic nucleus are typically apart. What is the electric force of repulsion between nuclear protons?
Suppose Earth and the Moon each carried a net negative charge −Q. Approximate both bodies as point masses and point charges.
(a) What value of Q is required to balance the gravitational attraction between Earth and the Moon?
(b) Does the distance between Earth and the Moon affect your answer? Explain.
(c) How many electrons would be needed to produce this charge?
Point charges and are placed 1.0 m apart. What is the force on a third charge placed midway between and ?
Where must of the preceding problem be placed so that the net force on it is zero?
Two small balls, each of mass 5.0 g, are attached to silk threads 50 cm long, which are in turn tied to the same point on the ceiling, as shown below. When the balls are given the same charge Q, the threads hang at to the vertical, as shown below. What is the magnitude of Q? What are the signs of the two charges?
Point charges and are located at and . What is the force of on ?
The net excess charge on two small spheres (small enough to be treated as point charges) is Q. Show that the force of repulsion between the spheres is greatest when each sphere has an excess charge Q/2. Assume that the distance between the spheres is so large compared with their radii that the spheres can be treated as point charges.
Two small, identical conducting spheres repel each other with a force of 0.050 N when they are 0.25 m apart. After a conducting wire is connected between the spheres and then removed, they repel each other with a force of 0.060 N. What is the original charge on each sphere?
A charge is placed at the point P shown below. What is the force on q?
What is the net electric force on the charge located at the lower right-hand corner of the triangle shown here?
Two fixed particles, each of charge are 24 cm apart. What force do they exert on a third particle of charge that is 13 cm from each of them?
The charges and are placed at the corners of the triangle shown below. What is the force on
What is the force on the charge q at the lower-right-hand corner of the square shown here?
Point charges and are fixed at and What is the force of ?
5.4 Electric Field
A particle of charge experiences an upward force of magnitude when it is placed in a particular point in an electric field. (a) What is the electric field at that point? (b) If a charge is placed there, what is the force on it?
On a typical clear day, the atmospheric electric field points downward and has a magnitude of approximately 100 N/C. Compare the gravitational and electric forces on a small dust particle of mass that carries a single electron charge. What is the acceleration (both magnitude and direction) of the dust particle?
Consider an electron that is from an alpha particle (a) What is the electric field due to the alpha particle at the location of the electron? (b) What is the electric field due to the electron at the location of the alpha particle? (c) What is the electric force on the alpha particle? On the electron?
Each the balls shown below carries a charge q and has a mass m. The length of each thread is l, and at equilibrium, the balls are separated by an angle . How does vary with q and l? Show that satisfies
What is the electric field at a point where the force on a charge is
A proton is suspended in the air by an electric field at the surface of Earth. What is the strength of this electric field?
The electric field in a particular thundercloud is What is the acceleration of an electron in this field?
A small piece of cork whose mass is 2.0 g is given a charge of What electric field is needed to place the cork in equilibrium under the combined electric and gravitational forces?
If the electric field is at a distance of 50 cm from a point charge q, what is the value of q?
What is the electric field of a proton at the first Bohr orbit for hydrogen What is the force on the electron in that orbit?
(a) What is the electric field of an oxygen nucleus at a point that is from the nucleus? (b) What is the force this electric field exerts on a second oxygen nucleus placed at that point?
Two point charges, and are held 25.0 cm apart. (a) What is the electric field at a point 5.0 cm from the negative charge and along the line between the two charges? (b)What is the force on an electron placed at that point?
Point charges and are placed 1.0 m apart. (a) What is the electric field at a point midway between them? (b) What is the force on a charge situated there?
Can you arrange the two point charges and along the x-axis so that at the origin?
Point charges are fixed on the x-axis at and What charge q must be placed at the origin so that the electric field vanishes at
5.5 Calculating Electric Fields of Charge Distributions
A thin conducting plate 1.0 m on the side is given a charge of . An electron is placed 1.0 cm above the center of the plate. What is the acceleration of the electron?
Calculate the magnitude and direction of the electric field 2.0 m from a long wire that is charged uniformly at
Two thin conducting plates, each 25.0 cm on a side, are situated parallel to one another and 5.0 mm apart. If electrons are moved from one plate to the other, what is the electric field between the plates?
The charge per unit length on the thin rod shown below is . What is the electric field at the point P? (Hint: Solve this problem by first considering the electric field at P due to a small segment dx of the rod, which contains charge . Then find the net field by integrating over the length of the rod.)
The charge per unit length on the thin semicircular wire shown below is . What is the electric field at the point P?
Two thin parallel conducting plates are placed 2.0 cm apart. Each plate is 2.0 cm on a side; one plate carries a net charge of and the other plate carries a net charge of What is the charge density on the inside surface of each plate? What is the electric field between the plates?
A thin conducing plate 2.0 m on a side is given a total charge of . (a) What is the electric field above the plate? (b) What is the force on an electron at this point? (c) Repeat these calculations for a point 2.0 cm above the plate. (d) When the electron moves from 1.0 to 2,0 cm above the plate, how much work is done on it by the electric field?
A total charge q is distributed uniformly along a thin, straight rod of length L (see below). What is the electric field at
Charge is distributed along the entire x-axis with uniform density How much work does the electric field of this charge distribution do on an electron that moves along the y-axis from
Charge is distributed along the entire x-axis with uniform density and along the entire y-axis with uniform density Calculate the resulting electric field at (a) and (b)
A rod bent into the arc of a circle subtends an angle at the center P of the circle (see below). If the rod is charged uniformly with a total charge Q, what is the electric field at P?
A proton moves in the electric field (a) What are the force on and the acceleration of the proton? (b) Do the same calculation for an electron moving in this field.
An electron and a proton, each starting from rest, are accelerated by the same uniform electric field of 200 N/C. Determine the distance and time for each particle to acquire a kinetic energy of
A spherical water droplet of radius carries an excess 250 electrons. What vertical electric field is needed to balance the gravitational force on the droplet at the surface of the earth?
A proton enters the uniform electric field produced by the two charged plates shown below. The magnitude of the electric field is and the speed of the proton when it enters is What distance d has the proton been deflected downward when it leaves the plates?
Shown below is a small sphere of mass 0.25 g that carries a charge of The sphere is attached to one end of a very thin silk string 5.0 cm long. The other end of the string is attached to a large vertical conducting plate that has a charge density of What is the angle that the string makes with the vertical?
Two infinite rods, each carrying a uniform charge density are parallel to one another and perpendicular to the plane of the page. (See below.) What is the electrical field at
Positive charge is distributed with a uniform density along the positive x-axis from along the positive y-axis from and along a arc of a circle of radius r, as shown below. What is the electric field at O?
From a distance of 10 cm, a proton is projected with a speed of directly at a large, positively charged plate whose charge density is (See below.) (a) Does the proton reach the plate? (b) If not, how far from the plate does it turn around?
A particle of mass m and charge moves along a straight line away from a fixed particle of charge Q. When the distance between the two particles is is moving with a speed (a) Use the work-energy theorem to calculate the maximum separation of the charges. (b) What do you have to assume about to make this calculation? (c) What is the minimum value of such that escapes from Q?
5.6 Electric Field Lines
Which of the following electric field lines are incorrect for point charges? Explain why.
In this exercise, you will practice drawing electric field lines. Make sure you represent both the magnitude and direction of the electric field adequately. Note that the number of lines into or out of charges is proportional to the charges.
(a) Draw the electric field lines map for two charges and situated 5 cm from each other.
(b) Draw the electric field lines map for two charges and situated 5 cm from each other.
(c) Draw the electric field lines map for two charges and situated 5 cm from each other.
Draw the electric field for a system of three particles of charges and fixed at the corners of an equilateral triangle of side 2 cm.
Two charges of equal magnitude but opposite sign make up an electric dipole. A quadrupole consists of two electric dipoles that are placed anti-parallel at two edges of a square as shown.
Draw the electric field of the charge distribution.
Suppose the electric field of an isolated point charge decreased with distance as rather than as . Show that it is then impossible to draw continous field lines so that their number per unit area is proportional to E.
5.7 Electric Dipoles
Consider the equal and opposite charges shown below. (a) Show that at all points on the x-axis for which (b) Show that at all points on the y-axis for which
(a) What is the dipole moment of the configuration shown above? If , (b) what is the torque on this dipole with an electric field of ? (c) What is the torque on this dipole with an electric field of ? (d) What is the torque on this dipole with an electric field of ?
A water molecule consists of two hydrogen atoms bonded with one oxygen atom. The bond angle between the two hydrogen atoms is (see below). Calculate the net dipole moment of a hypothetical water molecule where the charge at the oxygen molecule is −2e and at each hydrogen atom is +e. The net dipole moment of the molecule is the vector sum of the individual dipole moment between the two O-Hs. The separation O-H is 0.9578 angstroms.