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! The electric potential, V , is defined as the electric potential energy, U , per unit charge, V=U/q ! Actually, U = q V , potential energy is charge times potential ! The electric potential is a characteristic of the electric field, regardless of whether a charged object has been placed in that field
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Unformatted text preview: (because U $ q ) ! The electric potential is a scalar ! The electric potential is defined everywhere in space as a value, but has no direction ! The electric potential is defined up to an arbitrary constant August 12, 2010 7 Electric Potential V Thursday, September 9, 2010...
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