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PHY 184 Week 2 Notes- Electrostatics

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PHY 184 Week 2 Notes- Electrostatics PHY 184

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Cameron Blochwitz
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In this set of notes I discuss the various topics that surround the electrostatic forces described by Coulomb's Law.
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Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
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Oscar Naviliat Cuncic
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Class Notes
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6
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Physics, PHY184, Michigan State, Electrostatics, atoms, Polarization, coulomb's, Equilibrium
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Date Created: 09/23/16
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

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