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PHY 184 Exam 1 Study Guide

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This is a compilation of all my notes for Exam 1 on 9/26/16
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
Oscar Naviliat Cuncic
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PHY184, Physics, Eletrostatics, electric field, Gauss's law, electric, potential
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PHY 184 Lecture Notes Week 1 8/31-9/2 Fundamental Forces  There are four fundamental forces in Physics o Gravitational o Electromagnetic  These forces operate at an infinite range o Weak Force o Strong Force  These forces only operate within short distances  All physical interactions are the cumulative result of the interactions of these forces o Most large scale interactions result from Gravity and Electromagnetism  Relative strengths of the forces o If all of the forces are listed by relative strength they would look something like this  Strong = 1 -2  Electromagnetism = 10  Weak = 10 -5  Gravity = 10 -38  Clearly Gravity is by far the weakest of all fundamental forces Gravitational Force  The force on an object of mass m from a mass M is described by the following equation, Newton’s Law → F =−G Mm u G r2  This is instantaneous action at a distance o If M disappears, F sGops acting on m at once. Electrostatic Force  The force on a charge q from a charge Q is described by the following equation, Coulomb’s Law Qq → FE=−K r2 u  Acts in a very similar way to gravity o Also instantaneous, and also will disappear if Q disappears Light speed  The speed of light, c, is given by: c=299,792,458 m/s o Time for Light to reach Earth from:  Sun 8.3 Minutes  SN 1987A 167,885 years  As we know nothing can go faster than the speed of light o How can Earth suddenly not be bound by gravity but light from the sun still shine for 8.3 if the Sun disappears? Force Mediators(Bosons)  Electromagnetic o γ (Photon) e-  Weak Force e- o z Boson o w Boson  Strong Force o g (Gluon) t - - γ e e n  This case is created by the interaction of photons  It also tells us that in fact, gravity and electromagnetism don’t act instantly, and that Newton’s/Coulomb’s Laws are incomplete, they do not have any kind of allowance for the finite speeds achievable in our universe  All forces in our universe comes from the exchange of particles. PHY 184 Lecture Notes Week 2 9/6-9/8 Electrostatics  Quark Structure of matter o Quarks are the smallest unit of matter  Atomic Structure  Atom  Nucleus  Nucleons  Quark  There are 6 different kinds of quarks +2 o Up/Charm/Top all have a charge of 3 e −1 o Down/Strange/Bottom all have a charge of 3 e  All matter is made up of these three elementary particles  Up/Down/Electron  Isolated quarks have never been observed  The carry a fractional charge Structure of an Atom  Atoms are neutrally charged o Composed of a positive nucleus and negative electrons  Nucleus itself is made of positive protons and neutral neutrons Describing an Atom  Atomic Number (Z): Number of Protons or Electrons  Mass Number (A): Number of Nucleons (Protons and Electrons)  Number of Electrons: equal to Z, charge -Ze  Number of Protons: equal to Z, Charge Ze  Number of Neutrons N: A-Z=N  Atomic Mass: Z*M +p*M n Electrons and Protons  Electron is an elementary particle o It cannot be further subdivided  Proton is not an elementary particle o Composed of 2 Up Quarks and 1 Down Quark o Charge of a Proton 2 2 1  qp=3e+3 e−3e=e Up Up Down  Neutron is not an elementary particle o Composed of 2 Down Quarks and 1 Down Quark o Charge of a Proton n = e− e− e=0  3 3 3 UP Dow n Down  Quarks are held together by the strong force  Electric charge is a fundamental property that a particle or object must have in order to experience any electromagnetic interaction o Without charge the object cannot interact with electromagnetic fields.  There are 2 main kinds of charges positive and negative  Charged Rods Demonstration o Rubbing the rods will charge them  Like charges will repel each other  Opposite charges will attract each other  Unit of charge is the Coulomb, C o Defined in terms of the Ampere  1 C = 1 A*s (Ampere Second)  Unit Charge is defined by the electron o qe=−e −19 o e=1.602×10 C o Proton carries a charge of +e  1 C is a very large amount of charge o Often will be using smaller charges −6  1 μC = 1×10 C 1×10 −9  1 nC = C 1×10−12  1 pC = C  Number of Electons to produce 1 C 1C N e −19 o 1.602×10 C  The electric charge is quantized o There is a minimum amount of charge a particle can have  This charge is e  This is too small to be noticed in daily life  But the Quarks have fractional charges! o This is possible because quarks are never isolated  They are unable to exist on their own  Charges of macroscopic objects are neutral o If it carries a negative it has extra electrons o If it carries a positive charge it is missing electrons  ONLY ELECTRONS MOVE!!!  Charges are able to be moved around o They can never be created o In any process the net charge is always a constant  The electron structure of materials determines their ability to conduct electricity o Conductors conduct very well o Insulators conduct very poorly Electric Forces by Polarization  Demonstration (Rotating Rod/Hanging Insulator) o There is an electric force between a charged rod and an uncharged one  Why does this occur o The charged rod induces polarization it attracts the electrons and produces a net force + + + + + + + + + + + + - + + + + + + + + + + - 2 Point Charges  Consider a single point charge q 1  Add a second point charge q 2 r q2  We can use Coulomb’s Law to find the force q1q2  F 1→2k 2 ^ r  k is known as Coulomb’s constant 9N m2  8.99×10 2 C  r^ is a unit vector pointing from q to 1 2 o This direction is fixed; the direction of the force will be determined by the signs on the charges o k and r are always positive  Signs of charge are opposite the attract  Signs of charge are the same they repel  Coulomb’s Law contains the Law of Charges Comparing Electromagnetism and Gravity qe m e  F ek 2 F gG 2 r r  r will cancel and so 2 2  F ekq e F gG m e F e 42  =4.20×10 F g  The electric interaction is vastly stronger than gravity o So much stronger that we are able to ignore gravity System of Charges  When working with a system of charges you will need to consider each interaction of all the charges  The force from system of charges (q , q , … , q 1 on2Q is n q1 q2 qn r r^1+r r^2+…+ r ^n o 1 2 n F=kQ¿ o This is known as the superposition principle  It shows a vector sum of forces Equilibrium Position  Two positive charges q and q are1placed a2 shown, where will a third charge q keep the system in equilibrium 3 o We know that the F 1 on 3must be equal to F 2 on 3 o When added the forces net to zero. o We therefore have the equation q q 1 = 2  (x −x ) 2 (x −x ) 2 3 1 2 3  Solve for x 3  Note the charge of q is irrele3ant!  This method is the basis for all equilibrium problems PHY 184 Week 3 Notes 9/12-9/15 Electric Fields and Gauss’s Law  We have seen that a point charge in space seems to affect the space  We know this because of the force experienced by a second charge, a force given by Coulomb’s Law  A field is used to designate a quantity that varies in space from one given point to another o For example, temperature field in France is a scalar field o And a wind field is France is a vector field Definition of the Electric Field  The electric field produced by a charge q at point P,1located at a distance r is1given by E =k q1r^ o 1 r1  The field depends only on the charge and the distance from the charge  If the field is positive the field lines moves along the unit vector o It the field is negative it is opposite the unit vector  If there are several different charges we just calculate the field generated from all the charges q1 q2 q3 qn o E=k( r1 + ^2+ ^3+…+ ^n) r1 r2 r3 rn  The force on a charge therefore is F=q E o 2 o This is simply a different way of writing Coulomb’s Law  We are able to see then that a charge “creates” a field and that a second charge placed in that field is “sensitive” to that field  The definition of the force relative to the field is determined by the sign of the charge that is placed at a point P in that field Field Lines  Used to represent the electric fields produced by a charge  Tangent of the field line gives the direction of the force on a charge placed there o If the charge is negative the force points opposite the field lines o If the charge is positive the force points along the field line  Field lines from a positive point charge radiate outwards from the charge  Field lines from a negative point charge radiate inwards toward the charge Electric Dipole  An electric diploe is a system of two charges, one positive and one negative  The vector sum of the electric field at any given point gives the electric field of the dipole at that point Electric Field of an Electric Dipole  We know that the vector sum of the electric field of the two point charges gives the electric field at any given point o If we then preform these calculations when each charge is equal magnitude, we get the following result qd  E=2k x3  Where q is charge, d distance between charges, x distance to point we are calculating  One charge “screens” the other, but only along the x- axis Electric Dipole Moment  The electric diploe moment of a pair of charges having the same magnitude but having opposite signs is defined to be → → o p=qd E=2k q3 E=2k p3  Therefore, x can be written x Dipole in Electric Fields  If there is a diploe placed in an electric field where each charge has the same magnitude but the opposite charge o There is no net force but there is a Torque  τ=qEdsinθ=ptsinθ=P×E ´ Charge Distribution  We have seen that the electric field of several point charges is simply the vector sun of all the electric fields from all the point charges. o How do we then calculate the field when the charge is continuous? o We need to integrate over the charge distribution E=k ∫ d2^  r o This can be done for a line, surface, or volume  dq=λdx  dq=σdA  dq=ρdV Linear Charge Distribution  Before doing anything try to anticipate the direction of the field  For a straight horizontal line, all non-vertical component will cancel during vector addition o Preforming the calculations gives you E= 2kλ  y  However, this calculation is long and difficult, it is much easier using Gauss’s Law  The magnitude of an electric field at a point is E=k q2 o r  Now over a line it is the derivative λ o E=2k y  And for a surface o E=Constant! Flux  Consider a disk A perpendicular to “something” flowing with velocity v  The product of Av gives the volume of that “something” that flows through the disk per unit time  Multiply Av by the density we get the “mass” passing though the disk through the disk per unit time  If the disk is tilted by θ the projected area of the disk perpendicular to the velocity is Acosθ  The “something” though the disk per unit time is given as Avcosθ  The volumetric flux of something though a surface A is defined to be Flu(φ=Avcosθ o o φ=V ∙A  Note that flat surfaces are ambiguous  By analogy, Electric flux is o φ=EAcosθ φ=E ∙A o Closed Surfaces  If we have a closed surface, we can define a perpendicular vector always! It will always point OUT of the surface  The total electric flux though a closed surface is defined as φ=∯ E∙d A o  The scalar product is to be taken locally at any point on the surface. Electric Permittivity of Space  We know the value of Coulomb’s constant k o k can also be written as 1  k= 4πε0 ε -12 2 2  0 is equal to 8.85 x 10 C /Nm  The flux and electric field though a closed surface is φ= q o ε 0  The surface that we use to perform this integral is known as a Gaussian surface to make work nice and easy  If there is no charge, there is no flux  Gauss’s Law makes no assumptions about the charge distribution within the volume o This makes it far more general than Coulomb’s Law  It can be used to get Coulomb’s Law Planar Charge Distribution  Apply Gauss’s Law to calculate the electric field with a charge density σ  We need to calculate the flux q σA o φ= ∯ E∙d A=EA+EA= = ε0 ε0 E= σ o 2ε0  It is a constant! Two Metal Plates  Calculate the electric field between two metal plates Q σ= 2 o L o Solving for E gives σ  E= ε 0  Apply Gauss’s Law to calculate the electric field produced by a spherical shell of radius r carrying a charge q  We know from symmetry that the electric field must the same at all points of a concentric sphere  Pick 2 Gaussian surfaces with one radius smaller than r and one greater than r  Using Gauss’s Law for the largest sphere is 1 q E= 2 o 4πε 0r2  The same as a point charge!  Using Gauss’s Law for the smallest sphere is o E=0  Therefore, a shell acts a point charge from outside and has no charge from the inside Shielding  In a conductor, electrons are free to move and when influenced by an electric field, according to the force  The Electrons move upstream and leave behind positive charges generating an electric field o It compensates for the external electric field  Net electric field inside is 0 Uniformly Charged Sphere  Calculate the electric field for a total charge q distrituted with positive density on a radius r  Choose 2 surfaces, one smaller and one bigger that the radius of the charges sphere E = ρr1 o insid3ε0 k q Eoutside2t o r2 Polarization of an Uncharged Sphere  Suppose we have an uncharged conducting sphere with q 1 inside and q on2the surface o q w1ll add to q dur2ng calculations PHY 184 Week 4 Notes-Electric Potential 9/19-9/22  We have seen that gravity and electromagnetism are very similar in their behavior even going so far as to have almost identical equations 2 o Both have forces that are determined by 1/r  These forces are all conservative forces  Doesn’t depend on path taken o Work is independent  Consider an electrostatic force acting in charge o The work is produced between i and f  The workfintegral is ´  i F∙ds  The variation of potential energy, ΔU, is the negative of work done by the electrostatic force o It is also the work done against the electrostatic force  Like gravity we need to select a reference point is defined  Potential is 0 when the charges are infinitely far apart  The variation of the Potential Energy reads like ∆ U=U −f=U−W e,inf o o The negative shows  Positive work for U<0  Negative work for U>0  Consider a charge q located in an electric field moving on d where d is at an angle θ to the electric field  Force on the charge ´ ´ o F=q∙E W=F ∙d´ o  Work done is ´ o W=qE∙d=qEd cosθ  If displacement is along the direction of the field o Positive charge loses potential energy  If displacement is opposite the field o Positive charge gains potential energy Electric Potential  Electric potential is defined to be as the “electric potential energy per unit charge” V= U o q  It describes a property of space and therefore is a scalar  The unit of electric potential is the Volt, V 1 J o 1V= 1C  Therefore, the units of an electric field are able to be given in V/m Variation of Electric Potential V f V i ∆U −W e  ∆ V=V fV =i q − q= q = q ∆U f  ∆ V= =− ∫∙d ´ s q i Energy of a Proton  A Proton is between 2 plates o Potential difference is 150V o Proton is released from positive plate  What is the K pt the negative plate? o We are able to use energy conservation to solve this problem  Solving for gives   Kf=−q∆V  Acceleration though a system is able to be calculated again from energy conservation o The particle starts at rest so we can calculate acceleration in two stages  ∆ K=|∆U = q∆V |+| 2=K  K=e∆V +6 e∆V =7e∆V  We are then able to insert numerical values o We are able to use the electron-Volt, eV, instead of a joule -12  1 eV is 1.602 x 10 Joules  When an electron “falls” across a 1.5 Volt difference the energy gained by that electron is 1.5 eV Equipotential Lines-Gravity  Consider a landscape with mountains o On a topographical map they appear as a series of rings set at a certain height  All these lines have the same gravitational potential  They are equipotential lines! Equipotential Surfaces  An electric charge generates a field in space o Electric potential has a value everywhere in space o Those points that have the same electric potential form a surface o Charges that move along these surfaces have no change in potential energy  When moving along Equipotential Surfaces there is no work done by the electric force  Conversely, if the line integral of the field is 0 the electric potential must be constant o Therefore, moving a charge perpendicular to the force there is no work  The charge moves along equipotential lines  Any conductor forms an equipotential surface because the electric force is always perpendicular to the surface Finding Potential Difference in a Uniform Field f ∆ V=− E∙d´ s  ∫i  Preforming this integral gives the solution ∆ V=−Ed o  If at position z 00 and the potential is V we hove o ∆ V=V (z−V =0E(z−z ) 0 o V z)=V 0Ez  If potential at infinity is 0 f V r)−V ∞=V (r=− E∙d´ s o ∫i  Projection away from charge along field V r)= kq o r Distance of Closest Approach  A charge is fixed at x=0. A particle of mass m and charge q is 2 fired with an initial velocity v tow0rd the charge at from a distance d . 1 kq1 o V ( ) x kq q o U ( )q 2 x( ) 1 2 x  Using energy conservation, we are able to find that mv2 1 = 1+ o o d f di 2 k 1 2 System of Charges  The potential of a system of charges is given by superposition Minimum Potential  Given 2 positive charges q and q a1 what p2sition is electric potential minimized  Find V, set derivative to 0 and solve o Solving the equation gives x= r2  q2+1 √ q1 Potential Energy of a System  In a system of charges each charge has equal weight  If two charges have the same sign potential is positive, if opposite negative  For a system greater o Consider every pair in the system and sum Electric Field from Electric Potential  We have seen so far how to calculate the electric potential given the electric field  It is important to know that we can go the other way too, using potential to get the electric field  This is done using partial derivatives −∂V ∂V ∂V o E= ( ,− ,− )−∇V ∂x ∂y ∂z o If we have the potential, we are able to derive the electric field at any point Continuous Charge Distribution  For a system of charges, the potential is just the sum of the potentials of the charges in the system  To determine the electric potential due to a continuous distribution we divide the charge into charge elements and treat them as point charges V =k dq o p ∫ r  To find the potential at a point in a semicircle o We know that there is a symmetry giving us the variable θ o The length can be written as dL=Rdθ o Electric charge can be written dq=λdL  Solving the integral gives  V=πλk  If we do the same for a Linear horizontal charge with length 2a and distance d we find √a +d +a o V=kλln a +d −a √


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