Lab 1 report

# Lab 1 report - the strongest there Depending on where you...

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To demonstrate Coulomb’s law in an electric field, we followed equipotential lines on conductive paper to see where the electric field lies compare the energies between two different system: one using plates and the other with point charges. When assuming two electrodes have a static net charge, we can find the positive charge which will have a higher potential difference between the calculated difference between the center point and the higher voltage. In electrode geometry, the field lines start at the positive and end at the negative because energy flows from high to low. In other words, there is a high potential energy at the positive, and so to maintain equilibrium it will have to travel to the lower potential energy which is the negative. For each electrode geometry, the field is strongest closer to the middle and weakest at the ends. We can tell this by inspecting the equipotential lines the more curved the line is the weaker the electric field is and in the center the line is straight so it’s

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Unformatted text preview: the strongest there. Depending on where you drop the test charge, it can increase the potential at positive end, and decrease on the negative. If we drop the point charge at the positive end makes the charge go to the negative side. This shows that energy is contained at various places in the electric field for example, high potential energy at the positive and low potential energy at the negative. Also if the test charge id dropped in the middle it will travel faster the n if dropped on the outside edge which will cause it to travel slower. The difference in the electric potential between two points in space can be physically measured because there has to be two points to create that potential difference. In this lab, we got to experiment with test charges, electric fields and equipotential lines with applications of Coulomb’s law. 2 equal magnitude but opposite charges 2 equal magnitude like charges A positive point charge and a negative parallel plate...
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