Lesson_2.5 - Lesson 2.5 Electric Potential 1. Electric...

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Lesson 2.5 Electric Potential 1. Electric Potential Difference Force experienced by an electric charge in an electric field is a conservative force just the same way as force of gravity is a conservative force. q o F=Eq o Fig. 1 + . . r 1 r 2 v 1 v 2 Fig. 1 Shows an electric field generated by a positive charge. Since E varies with the distance from the charge, the electric field has different values at different points. A charge q o placed in the field experiences a force F = E q o . This force does work on the charge when it is moved. Therefore, we can say that every point in an electric field corresponds to a definite potential . When a conservative force produces a displacement dr, the change in potential energy function is given by: dU = -F.dr Since F = E q o on a test charge, the change in potential energy of the test charge when it is displaced through a small distance dr is given by dU = -q o E dr …1 We use V to represent an electric potential. If the potential at a distance r 1 from the charge is V r1 and the potential at a distance r 2 is V r2 , then the potential difference between the two points is V = V r2 – V r1 Potential difference between two points in an electric field is a measure of the change in potential energy per unit charge . In other words, V = V r2 – V r1 = 0 dU E dr q = = - …2
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2. Electric potential at a point. Potential difference between two points distances r 1 and r 2 from a charge q is given by - = - 2 1 1 2 r r r r dr E v v Since 2 r kq E = , we have: 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 r r r r r r kq v v E dr dr r - = - = - - = 2 1 2 1 r r dr r kq = 2 1 1 r r r kq - - 2 1 2 1 1 1 kq kq kq r r r r = - - + = - If we take V r2 = 0 when r 2 = , we have 1 1 1 r r kq v r kq v r - = - = This means that potential at a point distance r from a charge is given by: kq v r = ….3 This is the absolute potential at a point distance r from the charge q and it is a measure of the work done in brining a unit test charge from infinity to that point. Since potential difference is measured as the work done per unit charge, the unit of potential is J.C -1 and is called the volt (V) 1 V = 1 J.C -1
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3. Relation between Electric Potential (V) and Electric Field (E) Equation 1 above is: dU = -q o E dr Since potential difference dV is a measure of the potential energy change dU per unit charge, we can write: dr E q dU dV - = = 0 When we consider the x direction only this can be written as dV = - E x dx dx dV E x - = In other words, the electric filed in the x direction is the negative of the rate of change of potential in the x direction. This relation also indicates that electric field can be measured in a unit called volt per meter (V.m -1 ). Similarly electric field in the y and z directions can be written as:
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Lesson_2.5 - Lesson 2.5 Electric Potential 1. Electric...

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