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Unformatted text preview: tential at a location is the electric potential energy that a +1C charge would have due to outside charges if it were placed at that location. It is similar to the relationship that electric force and electric field have. → Source Q creates E field Electric potential is a scalar quantity. Note that it really only depends on the outside charges, q, and the separation distance, r. If the outside charges are a distribution then, the electric potential will depend on the electric field, E, and the separation distance, r. → → E field exerts F on test q2 Potential Model Source Q creates V potential Electric Potential When a positive charge is placed in an electric field: It feels an electric force in the direction of the electric field. If there are no other forces, it will move in the direction of the electric field. With this resulting motion it will decrease its e...
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2014 for the course PHYS 1B taught by Professor Briankeating during the Spring '07 term at UCSD.

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