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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
If there are no other forces, it will move in the
direction of the electric ﬁeld.
With this resulting motion it will decrease its
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