For more information, please see full course syllabus of AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism

For more information, please see full course syllabus of AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism

### Electric Potential & Electric Potential Energy

- The work done per unit charge in moving a charge between two points in an electric field is a scalar quantity known as the electric potential difference, or voltage.
- The work done in move this charge is equal to the change in the object's electric potential energy (U=qV)
- Equipotential lines show lines of equal electrical potential. They always cross electric field lines at right angles.
- The electric potential due to a point charge is given by kq/r. To find the potential difference due to multiple point charges, add up the potentials due to each individual charge.
- Equipotential lines show points of equal electric potential (similar to how topographic maps show points of equal altitude, or gravitational potential).
- As the distance between equipotential lines decreases, the steepness of the surface (or the gradient of the potential) increases.
- Electric permittivity is a material property describing a material's ability to store energy in an electric field.

### Electric Potential & Electric Potential Energy

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- Intro
- Objectives
- Electric Potential Energy
- Example 1
- Example 2
- The Electron-Volt
- Electronvolt
- 1 eV is the Amount of Work Done in Moving an Elementary Charge Through a Potential Difference of 1 Volt
- Conversion Ratio
- Example 3
- Equipotential Lines
- Topographic Maps
- Lines Connecting Points of Equal Electrical Potential
- Always Cross Electrical Field Lines at Right Angles
- Gradient of Potential Increases As Equipotential Lines Get Closer
- Electric Field Points from High to Low Potential
- Drawing Equipotential Lines
- E Potential Energy Due to a Point Charge
- Electric Force from Electric Potential Energy
- E Potential Due to a Point Charge
- Example 4
- Example 5
- Finding Electric Field From Electric Potential
- Example 6
- Example 7
- Example 8
- Example 9
- Example 10
- Example 11
- Example 12
- Example 13

- Intro 0:00
- Objectives 0:08
- Electric Potential Energy 0:58
- Gravitational Potential Energy
- Electric Potential Energy
- Electric Potential
- Example 1 1:59
- Example 2 3:08
- The Electron-Volt 4:02
- Electronvolt
- 1 eV is the Amount of Work Done in Moving an Elementary Charge Through a Potential Difference of 1 Volt
- Conversion Ratio
- Example 3 4:52
- Equipotential Lines 5:35
- Topographic Maps
- Lines Connecting Points of Equal Electrical Potential
- Always Cross Electrical Field Lines at Right Angles
- Gradient of Potential Increases As Equipotential Lines Get Closer
- Electric Field Points from High to Low Potential
- Drawing Equipotential Lines 6:49
- E Potential Energy Due to a Point Charge 8:20
- Electric Force from Electric Potential Energy 11:59
- E Potential Due to a Point Charge 13:07
- Example 4 14:42
- Example 5 15:59
- Finding Electric Field From Electric Potential 19:06
- Example 6 23:41
- Example 7 25:08
- Example 8 26:33
- Example 9 29:01
- Example 10 31:26
- Example 11 43:23
- Example 12 51:51
- Example 13 58:12

### AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Online Course

I. Electricity | ||
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Electric Charge & Coulomb's Law | 30:48 | |

Electric Fields | 1:19:22 | |

Gauss's Law | 52:53 | |

Electric Potential & Electric Potential Energy | 1:14:03 | |

Electric Potential Due to Continuous Charge Distributions | 1:01:28 | |

Conductors | 20:35 | |

Capacitors | 41:23 | |

II. Current Electricity | ||

Current & Resistance | 17:59 | |

Circuits I: Series Circuits | 29:08 | |

Circuits II: Parallel Circuits | 39:09 | |

RC Circuits: Steady State | 34:03 | |

RC Circuits: Transient Analysis | 1:01:07 | |

III. Magnetism | ||

Magnets | 8:38 | |

Moving Charges In Magnetic Fields | 29:07 | |

Forces on Current-Carrying Wires | 17:52 | |

Magnetic Fields Due to Current-Carrying Wires | 24:43 | |

The Biot-Savart Law | 21:50 | |

Ampere's Law | 26:31 | |

Magnetic Flux | 7:24 | |

Faraday's Law & Lenz's Law | 1:04:33 | |

IV. Inductance, RL Circuits, and LC Circuits | ||

Inductance | 6:41 | |

RL Circuits | 42:17 | |

LC Circuits | 9:47 | |

V. Maxwell's Equations | ||

Maxwell's Equations | 3:38 | |

VI. Sample AP Exams | ||

1998 AP Practice Exam: Multiple Choice Questions | 32:33 | |

1998 AP Practice Exam: Free Response Questions | 29:55 |

### Transcription: Electric Potential & Electric Potential Energy

*Hello, everyone, and welcome back to www.educator.com.*0000

*I'm Dan Fullerton, and today, we are going to talk about electric potential and electric potential energy.*0003

*Our objectives include determining the electric potential in the vicinity of 1 or more point charges.*0009

*Calculating the electrical work done on a charge.*0014

*Determining the direction and approximate magnitude of the electric field and various positions given a sketch of equal potentials.*0018

*Calculating the electrostatic potential energy of a system of 2 or more point charges.*0025

*Finally, stating a relationship between electric field and electric potential.*0031

*As we get into this one, please understand electric potential is one of the trickier concepts as we are talking about electricity and magnetism.*0039

*It is not one that typically makes a whole lot of intuitive sense, at least the first couple of times you see that.*0046

*Some of this may feel little bit nebulous and cloudy as you go through it the first time but that is not unusual at all.*0050

*Alright, electric potential energy, let us start there.*0058

*When an object is lifted against gravity by applying a force for some distance, we had to do work to give that object gravitational potential energy.*0062

*When the charged object is moved against an electric field by applying a force for some distance *0070

*we also have to do work to give that object electric potential energy.*0075

*The work done per unit charge in moving a charge between 2 points in an electric field is a scalar known as the electric potential.*0080

*More often times, you will hear that referred to, rather informally as voltage.*0087

*The units are known as V or 1 V is a J/ C.*0094

*The work done is equal to the change in the objects electric potential energy which *0099

*we are going to symbolize U for potential energy and e for electrical,*0104

*where the electrical potential energy is the charge × the electric potential d.*0109

*Taking a look at charge from work.*0118

*A potential difference of 10 V exist between 2 points A and B in an electric field,*0123

*what is the magnitude of charge that requires 2 × 10⁻² J of work to move it from A to B?*0128

*We have a potential difference between A and B of 10 V, we do not know charge but *0135

*we do know that the work done in moving it from A to B was 2 × 10⁻² J.*0145

*Work going from A to B = Q × electric potential.*0153

*Therefore, our charged Q is the work done ÷ the electric potential which is 2 × 10⁻² J ÷ 10 V.*0159

*Or charge is equal to 2 × 10⁻³ C, pretty straightforward problem to start us off.*0176

*Let us take a look at electric energy.*0188

*How much electrical energy is required to move a 4 micro C charge to a potential difference of 36 V?*0190

*We are looking for electric potential energy.*0199

*We know our charge is 4 micro C or 4 × 10⁻⁶ C and our potential difference is 36 V.*0204

*U = QV which is 4 × 10⁻⁶ C × 36 V which gives us the electric potential energy of 1.44 × 10⁻⁴ J,*0216

*another straightforward starter sort of problem.*0238

*When we talk about these different types of energy, oftentimes electrical energy into the work done is a very small portion of the Joule.*0243

*So small that talking about Joules does not always make a whole lot of sense.*0252

*A smaller alternate nonstandard unit of energy that is oftentimes much more convenient to use is known as the electron volt, given the abbreviation eV.*0256

*Where 1 eV is the amount of work done in moving an elementary charge through a potential difference of 1 V.*0267

*The charge on 1 electron move to a potential difference of 1 V is 1 eV.*0273

*The conversion ratio 1 eV is 1.6 × 10 ⁻19 J just like 1 elementary charge is 1.6 × 10 ⁻19 C.*0279

*An example with energy eV, we have a proton move through a potential difference of 10 V in an electric field, *0293

*how much work in eV was required to move this charge?*0300

*Our charge is + 1 elementary charge, our potential difference is 10 V.*0305

*Work done on this charge × V which is 1 elementary charge × 10 V or 10 eV.*0312

*This is straightforward when you are dealing with these tiny units and elementary charges.*0328

*It makes it much more convenient.*0332

*Oftentimes, we you think about topographic maps, maps of showing elevation, they show you lines of equal altitude or equal gravitational potential.*0336

*We have the same sort of thing in the electricity world. *0347

*The lines connecting points of equal electric potential are known as equal potential lines.*0350

*Equal potential lines always cross electrical field lines at right angles.*0356

*They are always perpendicular.*0359

*If you move the charge particle in space and stay on equal potential line, you cannot do any work.*0362

*You have to change the equal potential line you are on.*0368

*You have to change your potential in order to do work.*0370

*If you where to start over here for example, and wander through any path and come up back to the same equal potential line, the work done is 0.*0374

*As equal potential lines get closer together, the gradient of the potential increases, equivalent kind of to a steeper slope of potentials.*0387

*An electric field points from high to low potential.*0396

*And because you had this analogy with slopes, they actually even call this the gradient as you get deeper into physics.*0399

*Let us take a look at some equal potential lines.*0407

*If you wanted to draw an equal potential lines on these electric field diagrams, *0410

*we have to remember that they always intersect field lines at right angles.*0414

*They are perpendicular.*0419

*If I were to do it over here, I would probably draw an equal potential line something like that, especially if I had better art skills.*0420

*And you can draw another equal potential line out here but notice it is always crossing these at right angles.*0432

*Those should be perfect circles but not so good at circles.*0440

*The same idea over here, we would draw equal potential lines they would be circles around these charges, *0445

*with the charges at the center always crossing at 90° angles.*0453

*Down here however, an equal potential line would go like that so it is always crossing at right angles.*0459

*Over here, you might have it looking something more like that.*0467

*Down here, same idea, right in between you might have something like a D shape that is going to,*0472

*When it is curling like that, let me have to draw them so they always intersect at right angles.*0485

*My art skills are not so great, but I think you get the general idea.*0495

*The electric potential energy due to a point charged, find the work required to take a point charge Q2 from infinity, *0501

*some long ways away where its electric potential energy is 0 to some point it is a distance r away from the point charge Q1.*0509

*Assuming these are both positive, if we have this charge due to a long ways away, we have got to do some work.*0517

*We got to push it to get all the way over here to point Q2.*0521

*How much work was done in doing that?*0525

*I’m first going to define that we have an electrical force in this direction along the line from Q1 to Q2 we will call that fe, the electrical force.*0528

*The work done is going to be the integral going from some position infinity to r =R of our force.*0540

*If we are going this way and the force is going one way, the force is going the opposite direction, *0552

*they will have to be - fe ⋅ dl from our definition of work in mechanics force with displacement.*0556

*That is going to be equal to,*0567

*I do not like that minus sign so I'm just going to switch these directions here and say *0569

*we are going to go from r = R to infinity of fe ⋅, instead of dl, I’m going to write it in terms of our variable dr,*0572

*which is going to be the integral from R to infinity of,*0587

*the electrical force we know from Coulomb’s law, that is going to be 1/ 4 π ε₀ Q1 Q2 / R² and we also have dr here.*0593

*I’m going to pull my constants out of the integration, 1/ 4 π ε₀ is all a constant in this case and *0608

*Q1 Q2 their charges are not changing in this problem so they can be pulled out.*0616

*This becomes Q1 Q2/4 π ε₀ integral from R to infinity of r⁻² dr.*0620

*The work done we just have to integrate that, work = we still have our Q1 Q2/4 π ε₀ × the integral of r⁻² is just -1/ r.*0638

*-1/ r evaluated from r to infinity which implies then that the work done is going to be Q1 Q2/4 π ε₀ -1/ infinity is 0, - -1/ r is just going to be 1/ R.*0653

*If that was the work that we did, it implies that the potential energy that it now has must be the same, whatever work we did on, *0675

*if it is starting with 0 now must be its potential energy.*0683

*That is going to be 1/ 4 π ε 0 Q1 Q2/ R.*0686

*Note here that this is independent of path because the Coulombic force, the electrical force is a conservative force.*0701

*It does not matter what path you take to get there, you can push it straight there, you can wobble all around.*0709

*But only the starting and ending points are going to matter.*0714

*Let us see if we can find electric force from electric potential energy.*0719

*Using that relationship for conservative force f = - du dl, in our case that is going to be - d/dr *0724

*of our electric potential energy 1/4 π ε₀ Q1 Q2 / R.*0736

*We will pull our constants out of the derivation so that is -1/ 4 π ε₀ Q1 Q2 × the derivative with respect to r of 1/ r.*0749

*Therefore, the force is going to be 1/ 4 π ε₀, the derivative of 1/ r is going to be -1/ r² so we end up with Q1 Q2 / r², Coulomb’s law.*0764

*We can go in the other direction as well which should make sense.*0781

*How about electric potential due to a point charge?*0786

*Electric potential known as voltage is the work per unit charge required to bring a charge from infinity to some point r in an electric field.*0790

*Potential is a work done per unit charge which is going to be 1/4 π ε₀ Q1 Q2/ R our work ÷ our charge q.*0801

*What we are going to get is 1/ 4 π ε₀ q/ r.*0819

*If you happen to have more than 1 charge, just add up the electric potentials due to each of those individual charges.*0829

*Since, electric potential is a scalar not a vector, you do not have to worry about direction.*0835

*It makes it a whole lot simpler.*0842

*Electric potential is the sum over all i for how many charges you happen to have Qi, Q2, Q3, Q4, however many happen you have of 1/ 4 π ε₀ Qi/ ri.*0844

*Since that is a constant, that can come out as 1/ 4 π ε₀ sum /i of their charges ÷ the distance.*0863

*Let us see if we can do a couple samples to go along with these.*0878

*Find the electric potential at point P located 3 m from the -2 C charge.*0883

*What is the electric potential energy of ½ C charge situated at point P?*0888

*Let us find its potential first.*0894

*The potential point P has 1 /4 π ε₀ Q/ r which is 1/4 π ε₀.*0898

*Our charge is -2 C ÷ our distance 3 m which is -6 × 10⁻⁹ V.*0909

*To find the electric potential energy of ½ C charged at that point, that is going to be charge × *0925

*our potential which is 0.5 C × our potential which we just said was -6 × 10⁻⁹ V,*0933

*for a total of -3 × 10⁻⁹ J.*0947

*How about the potential due to point charges?*0959

*In this problem should look fairly familiar.*0961

*Last time we were using this to find electric field, now we want to find the electric potential at the origin due to the 3 charges shown in the diagram.*0963

*And then finally, if an electron is placed at the origin what electric potential energy does it possess?*0971

*Let start out with the electric potential and we will start out with electric potential from our green charge up here.*0976

*The potential due to that green charge is 1/4 π ε₀ × Q/ r.*0982

*Q is 2 C, our distance from the origin is going to be 8 m or 2.25 × 10⁹ V.*0990

*Doing the same thing for our red charge down here, our potential is 1/4 π ε₀ × -2 C / 8 m or -2.25 × 10⁹ V.*1002

*We have our blue charge, potential due to the blue charge is 1/4 π ε₀ × our charged 1 C/ the distance, *1020

*these are Pythagorean theorem here, 2 and 2 , √2² + 2². *1032

*We have √2² + 2² which is going to give us about 3.18 × 10⁹ V.*1039

*T get the total then, all we have to do is add these up.*1051

*2.25 × 10⁹ -2.25 × 10⁹, that is 0.*1057

*It leaves us with just 3.18 × 10⁹ V, for the second part of the question.*1062

*If we place an electron at the origin, there it is, what electric potential energy does it possess?*1075

*Electric potential energy is charge × voltage, it is going to be -1.6 × 10 ⁻19 C × our voltage, our electric potential 3.18 × 10⁹ V or -5.1 × 10 ⁻10 J.*1086

*We could also do that in eV if we wanted to make our math a little simpler.*1112

*In that case, this would be -1 e, this would be the same, and we would come up with.*1116

*Let me write that in 3.18 × 10⁹ V, we will multiply those to come up with -3.18 × 10⁹ eV.*1124

*A little bit simpler math but note that this is non standard units.*1139

*Finding the electric field from electric potential, we can do that as well.*1147

*If our potential is 1/4 π ε₀ Q/ R, we can take the derivative of both sides to say that the derivative of the potential with respect to R *1152

*must equal the derivative of the right hand side with respect to R which is 1/4 π ε₀ Q / R.*1169

*Or pulling those constants out, Q is not going to change, 4 π ε₀ is not going to change, this becomes Q/4 π ε₀ × the derivative with respect to R of 1/ R.*1181

*Which implies then that dv dr = we still have Q/ 4 π ε₀.*1200

*The derivative of 1/ R is just -1/ R² so that is equal to -Q/4 π ε₀ R².*1212

*If we multiply both sides in this equation, the dv dr and our answer over here by the unit vector and the R direction r ̂ ,*1228

*This implies then the dv dr r ̂ = -2 /4 π ε₀ R² r ̂.*1237

*If you recall our definition for electric field due to that point charge is Q/4 π ε₀ R², the direction of r ̂.*1251

*Therefore, we can write then this is the opposite of the electric field or electric field = - dv dr in the direction of r ̂.*1266

*There is a relationship we can use between the electric field and the electric potential.*1281

*If we go that way, we should be able to find electric potential from electric field and the answer of course is yes.*1290

*Let us do that.*1299

*Let us start with electric potential V is W/ Q which is going to be 1/Q × our definition of the work done which is the integral from r to infinity of fe ⋅ dr.*1301

*We did that previously, which is going to be the integral from r to infinity of the force ÷ the charge × ⋅dr.*1318

*Which implies then given that the electric field is the force per unit charge, that we now have the potential is the integral from r to infinity of E ⋅ dr.*1335

*True, but usually you see this written a little bit differently.*1356

*Let us go ahead to show that.*1360

*Potential difference which is what we are really talking about is the potential at some point B - the potential at some point A, *1364

*potential difference from A to B, is equal to the opposite of the integral from A to B of E ⋅ dl *1371

*which is how you normally going to see that written and probably is a little bit more useful.*1382

*Both are correct but this one is probably the one that is much more common as opposed to going from here *1386

*where you may see this written as - the integral from infinity to r of E ⋅ dr.*1393

*This by the way is the change in electric potential energy per unit charge as well.*1399

*A couple conversions that you go from potential to electric field and potential energy and how to put all of that wonderful stuff together.*1408

*Let us do a couple more samples now.*1419

*Find the electric potential of the origin due to the following charges.*1422

*We have a 2 micro C charge at 3, 0 and -5 micro C charge at 0, 5 and 1 micro C charge at 4, 4.*1426

*We are going to assume that all of these are given as points on the axis where that is 3 m, 5 m, and so on.*1436

*The electric potential is 1/ 4 π ε₀ and then we just have to add up for all i, our charges ÷ their distance.*1446

*It is going to be 1/ 4 π ε₀ × our first point is 2 × 10⁻⁶ C of 2 micro C and it is 3 m away from the origin.*1457

*Then we have a second charge -5 × 10⁻⁶ C and it is 5 m away from the origin.*1470

*And then finally, we have 1 micro C charge that is at 4, 4.*1478

*Its distance from the origin is going to be √ 4² + 4².*1483

*I do not have to worry about direction again since electric potential is a scalar, just plug through the math here and find that you are going to get about -1410 V.*1490

*Another example, get lots of practicing.*1508

*Given an electric potential function, V is a function of x as 5 x² -7 x, find the magnitude and direction of the electric field at x = 3 m.*1511

*Our electric field we just said was –dv dr in the direction of r ̂ so that is going to be - the derivative with respect to x *1523

*we are in 1 dimension here of 5x² -7x in the i ̂ direction is going to be - the derivative is going to be 10x - 7 in the i ̂ direction or that is 7 -10x (i.) ̂ *1534

*But we know that x = 3 m so we can solve for it specifically and say that the electric field is going to be 7 -10 × 3 m in the direction of i ̂.*1558

*7 -30 is just going to be -23 V/ m in the i ̂ direction, one way to solve that.*1574

*Let us put this together with a little bit of energy concerns.*1590

*An electron was released from rest in a uniform electric field of 500 N/ C.*1594

*What is its velocity after its traveled 1 m?*1600

*Our change in kinetic energy is going to be equal to the opposite of the change in potential energy from conservation of energy.*1606

*We also know here that our change in potential energy is going to be -Q integral from A to B of E ⋅ dr.*1614

*Then change in kinetic energy = Q integral from A to B of E ⋅ dr.*1630

*Which implies then that our change in kinetic energy is going to be how the electric field is constant, *1646

*it is a uniform electric field, so we can pull that out.*1652

*QE integral from A to B of dr which is just going to be QE × the change in R.*1655

*Our change in kinetic energy, if it starts from rest is just going to be ½ MV², we have ½ MV² = QE Δr.*1666

*Therefore, solving for V we can say that V = √2Q E Δr/ M.*1678

*Substituting in with our known values that is going to be 2 × 1.6 × 10 ⁻19 C × 500 N/ C × 1 m ÷ mass of our electron 9.11 × 10 ⁻31 kg.*1689

*You can find that on your formula sheet table of contents for the exam.*1713

*There is our square root and I come up with about 1.33 × 10⁷ m/ s.*1719

*Let us keep doing some more examples and make sure we really have these down.*1735

*I will get into a couple of practice AP problems.*1738

*The work required to establish a charge system, fairly common type of question.*1742

*2 point charges 1, 5 micro C and one that is 2 micro C are placed ½ m apart, how much work was required to establish this charge system?*1747

*We had these 2 charges to get them ½ m apart and had you have done some work because they do not want to be there beside each other, they repel each other.*1758

*How much work did you have to do?*1766

*That is the potential energy of the system which is 1/4 π ε 0 Q1 Q2/ R which is 1/4 π ε 0 × 5 × 10⁻⁶ × 2 × 10⁻⁶ ÷ ½ m.*1768

*I get about 0.18 J.*1793

*What is the electric potential halfway between the 2 charges?*1801

*To find that, we will go with our formula for electric potential that is 1/4 π ε₀ × Q1 / R + Q2.*1806

*Let us call that R1, R2, even though R1 and R2 are both going to be the same ¼ m.*1824

*That is going to be 1/4 π ε₀ Q1 5 × 10⁻⁶ C/ R1 .25 m + the second charge 2 × 10⁻⁶ C ÷ ¼ m.*1830

*I come up with about 252,000 V or 252 kV.*1851

*Let us get into some of these AP style questions that are pretty challenging type questions and *1864

*quite likely on the AP exam you are going to see, at least in the free response question.*1870

*question that has some electric potential derivation.*1875

*On most years, you are going to see Gauss’s law question and electric potential question.*1878

*Sometimes, they are even involved in the same questions as we are going to see here.*1883

*We will start off with a 2013 APC E and M exam free response number 1.*1887

*It is highly recommend you pause the video, take a minute, download it and print in out, *1893

*look it over for a few minutes before you come back to the video and hit play again.*1896

*Let me pull the question out as well and we are looking at 2013 free response number 1 on the E and M exam, *1902

*where we have got this very long solid none conducting cylinder.*1909

*The first question it asks us, using Gauss’s law derive an expression for the magnitude of the electric field inside the edges of that cylinder.*1913

*Draw an appropriate Gaussian surface on the diagram.*1925

*First thing, let us give us a representation of that diagram here.*1927

*I will put the center line, the axis, here in green.*1932

*We have this cylinder that goes around it.*1943

*I will put that in blue.*1946

*Here is our cylinder, there we go.*1948

*Using Gauss’s law, derive an expression for the electric field inside that.*1960

*If I'm looking for the most symmetric Gaussian surface I can come up with, I think I’m going to draw a cylinder inside that.*1964

*I will put that in here in purple so you can see it.*1970

*Here is our Gaussian surface and now we are trying to find the magnitude of the electric field there.*1973

*For part A, we will start by writing Gauss’s law integral / the close surface of E ⋅ da, it is our total charge enclosed ÷ ε 0.*1985

*The left hand side and we have done this a couple of times already, with Gauss’s law it is just going to be E × the area of our Gaussian surface.*1999

*The right hand side, our charge enclosed is going to be that volume charge density ρ × the volume that is enclosed by ÷ ε₀.*2008

*Our left hand side becomes E and that area 2 π R × some length l, which we will define as the length of our cylinder must equal ρ × our volume.*2019

*We have got π R² × the length ÷ ε₀.*2040

*Solving for the electric field then, E is going to be equal to, we have got ρ × π R² l / 2π Rl ε₀.*2048

*A couple of cancellation simplifications we can make here.*2067

*We got a π, we have got a π, and l and l, and R and R², and I think that I will do it and come up with ρ × r / 2 ε₀.*2069

*The electric field inside that long solid, none conducting cylinder.*2087

*For part B, we are asks to use Gauss’s law to derive an expression for the magnitude of the electric field outside of that.*2095

*At some r that is greater than the radius R of the blue cylinder.*2104

*We will go back to Gauss’s law again, integral/ the close surface of E ⋅ da = our enclosed charge ÷ ε 0,*2109

*which implies then the left hand side Ea = the charge enclose is just going to be the volume charge density ρ × V ÷ ε₀.*2122

*Our left hand side E × our area 2 π R × length must equal the right hand side, ρ × our volume which is now π R² l ÷ ε₀,*2138

*Because the charge stops when you get to the edges of that R cylinder, when you get to that radius.*2155

*Then a little simplification again E = ρ × π R² l/ 2 π Rl ε₀.*2163

*We have got π and π, an R and l, we do not have an R, we still have that R down there.*2179

*Let me redraw him in R.*2188

*That gives us ρ R²/ 2 ε₀ R.*2190

*Next up, move in on to C.*2206

*On the axis sketch a graph of the electric field as a function of radial distance from r=0 to 2R.*2209

*Let us draw our axis in here first.*2217

*Here we have electric field, here we have r, we have got R in here, and we have got 2R.*2233

*We need to know the electric field.*2244

*As we go from 0 to R, we have already found out that that is a ρ R/ 2 ε₀ so *2247

*we can draw our nice linear fit there and after that it looks like we fall off with respect to 1/ R.*2255

*R there is a constant so then this would be sort of this shape and things I would label right there at that point where r = R.*2267

*We got ρ R/ 2 ε₀.*2281

*We know that because we can plug in R up here for little r or we can plug R down here for little r and get the same thing either way.*2286

*And then we get over here to 2r, we also have another important point, that little r =2R.*2296

*We end up with ρ R/ 4 ε₀.*2304

*I would use that as my graph, therefore part C.*2310

*I think that covers C pretty well.*2317

*Let us take a look now at D, derive an expression for the magnitude of the potential difference from r = 0 to R.*2321

*Alright, let us start with E = - dv dr in the direction of r ̂.*2332

*There are other ways you can do this, you got to know your formulas, you can jump in a few steps ahead *2339

*But it is like doing this every now and then starting from the simpler expressions.*2345

*Then dv dr = - E which implies then that V = - the integral of E ⋅ dr which is going to be - the integral from r = 0 to R.*2350

*We already found that our electric field that is ρ r/ 2 ε₀ dr which implies then that our potential V = let us pull other constants ρ, 2, and ε₀.*2369

*We will have - ρ/ 2 ε₀ integral from 0 to R of r dr.*2387

*Or - ρ/ 2 ε₀ × R²/ 2 evaluated from 0 to R, which is going to be - ρ/ 2 ε₀ × R²/ 2 -0,*2397

*which implies then that our potential is going to be - ρ R²/ 4 ε₀.*2416

*Or the magnitude of the potential difference is just going to be ρ R²/ 4 ε₀.*2427

*Part 2 D2, is a potential wire at r =0 or r = R?*2441

*As we went from 0 to r, we obtained a negative potential difference.*2453

*Let VB - VA was – ρ R²/ 4 ε₀.*2459

*If we said VA - VB must be ρ R² / 4 ε₀, A must be bigger or a potential is higher where A is what we are going to call r = 0 and B is r = R.*2466

*I would say then that we are higher at r = 0.*2491

*And finally, they ask us to do another graph here.*2504

*The non conducting cylinder is replaced with a conducting cylinder of the same shape and same linear charge density.*2510

*Sketch the electric field from r = 0 to 2r.*2516

*Alright, let us go to the next page to do that.*2520

*We will draw our axis again and here we have r, here we have our electric field, and we will mark off R and capital 2R.*2525

*If it is a conductor, we know the electric field inside a conductor is 0.*2550

*This piece becomes nice and simple E = 0 inside the conductor and outside it is the same as when we did part C.*2554

*It does not matter once you are outside that, the enclosed charge is the same.*2568

*We have something that looks like that.*2572

*Where again, we have the same key points ρ r / 2 ε₀.*2577

*I guess that is not drawn to scale very well.*2587

*Or/ 4 ε₀, same as part C.*2590

*That should cover that problem, the 2013 free response number 1.*2596

*But let us keep going, let us take a look at the 2006 E and M free response number 1.*2601

*Another interesting question, this one focusing more on the electric potential and *2608

*some of the inner relationships with the electric field as opposed to Gauss’s law.*2613

*Take a moment, print that out, look at it, give it a shot, come back here and we will see what we have got.*2617

*Here we have 4s² with a point P in the middle and 4 charges on those points.*2626

*We have got point P right here and around that we have this square where we have 4 different charges.*2633

*We will call this corner 1, corner 2, corner 3, and corner 4.*2644

*On the diagram, indicate with an arrow the direction of the net electric field at point P.*2652

*Due to charge 4 it is going to be up into the right because they repel.*2657

*Due to Q, it is going to be up in the right because it is attracted.*2661

*And these 2 both negative are going to cancel out.*2664

*Our net electric field at point P got to go that way.*2667

*Moving on to part B, derive an expression for the magnitude of the electric field at point P.*2674

*By symmetry, the electric field at 1 + electric field at .3 has to be equal to 0.*2681

*We are going to worry about 2 and 4.*2687

*The electric field at 0.2 is going to be Q/4 π ε₀ R².*2691

*The electric field at .4 is going to be Q/4 π ε₀ R².*2699

*But what is R² here?*2708

*If this whole distance is a then that would be a/ 2, that is a/ 2.*2710

*If we want to find R², use the Pythagorean theorem that is a/ 2² + a/ 2² which is 2a/ 2².*2718

*And therefore, R² = 2a²/ 4 which is a²/ 2 and then r must equal a/ √2.*2732

*The electric field at point P is the electric field at point P due to 2 + the electric field at point P due to 4 *2747

*which is going to be 2Q /4 π ε₀ R² which is 2Q/4 π ε₀ and R² in the denominator is going to give us a² and 2 up in the numerator.*2755

*2 × 2 and a 4 down there, I end up with Q/ π ε₀ a².*2777

*That will work, how about the electric potential at point P?*2794

*Part 2 of this question of B, find the electric potential at point P.*2800

*That should be a little more straightforward.*2805

*Electric potential at point P just 1/4 π ε₀ × the sum of all those little charges of that Q/ R for each of those charges,*2809

*which is going to be 1/4 π ε₀.*2821

*The r are all the same, that is a constant because they are all the same distance from point P which is going to be a/ √2 × we have +Q and 3 –Q.*2827

*-Q -Q -Q gives us -2Q √2/ 4a π ε₀.*2841

*With a little simplification here, that is going to be -Q/ √2 and we have got π ε₀ a.*2856

*How about C, a positive charge is placed at point P it is then moved from P to point R which is at the midpoint of the bottom side of the square.*2875

*It is going to end up over here.*2883

*If the charge is moved, is the work done by the electric field positive, negative, or 0?*2888

*You got to explain it.*2893

*For part C here, say that has to be negative, why?*2897

*We only know the electric field is up into the right, the charge is being moved against that field so *2902

*we are doing the work against the field, the field is not doing the work.*2911

*That the charges moved against the field so the work done is less than 0.*2923

*The work done on it by the electric field is negative because we are doing the work.*2930

*We are giving the system energy.*2934

*Moving on to part D, describe one way to replace a single charge in this configuration *2939

*that would make the electric field at the center of the square equal to 0 and justify your answer.*2951

*Let us draw this again, just so that we do not lose track of what we are doing.*2956

*We have got these here, we have got P in the middle, and I think they call these 1, 2, 3,and 4.*2963

*The first thing it asks us is what would we do in order to make the electric field at the center of the square =0?*2973

*The way I would do that is I would replace the charge here at 2 that is negative with +Q.*2982

*If we did that, we have +Q here, +Q here, -Q here and -Q here.*2989

*The fields all cancel at point P.*2997

*I would say something like replace Q2 with +Q.*3000

*Fields cancel at point P.*3010

*For part 2, describe a way to replace a single charge in this configuration so electric potential of the center of the square is 0 but the electric field is not.*3020

*We start off again with, we put these charges back -Q -Q -Q and + Q.*3030

*If we replace Q1 over here with + Q, let us make that a +.*3038

*When we do that, the electric potential is going to sum to 0.*3048

*Remember it does not care about direction, it is the scalar piece.*3052

*I have a potential of 0 but the field no longer cancels.*3056

*We are going to have a net electric field to the right.*3060

*I would say that we can replace Q1 with +Q charge.*3062

*V which is the sum of Q/ 4 π ε₀ R = 0 but field no longer cancels at point P.*3072

*The electric field at point P instead would point to the right.*3093

*Another AP style question down, good practice.*3098

*Let us do another one, now we are going to go to 2006 E and M.*3102

*I do not think we needed that page.*3110

*Let us go to the 2005 E and M free response number 1 and then you can print out from the same place, take a minute to work through it, *3111

*and come back here and un pause it, once you have a minute to look it over.*3119

*We are given a graph that shows us an xy plot along with field lines on there,*3127

*that says points A, B, and C are all located at y = 0.06 m and you can see that right from the graph.*3135

*A1, what should these 3 points is the magnitude of the electric field the greatest?*3142

*It is got to be the greatest at point C, since the field lines are the densest there.*3148

*Dense field lines, strongest field.*3163

*For A2, at which of these 3 points is the electric potential the greatest?*3169

*That has got to be at point A.*3174

*I would say that it is A because the field points from high to low potential *3177

*which in this case is left to right, A is farthest left.*3194

*Therefore, A is at highest potential.*3206

*Moving on to question B, an electron is released from rest at point B.*3218

*Qualitatively describe the electrons motion in terms of direction, speed, and acceleration.*3224

* If we release an electron at point B, it is a negative charge so it is going to go in the direction opposite the field line.*3230

*First thing is the electronic accelerates toward the left that moves with increasing speed because it is accelerating.*3236

*But it is going to keep accelerating at smaller and smaller rates, the speed increases by smaller and smaller amounts.*3261

*Let us write that.*3267

*Smaller and smaller amount per unit time as it moves because acceleration is decreasing.*3282

*For B2, calculate the electron speed after it is moved through a potential difference of 10 V.*3306

*Another energy question.*3313

*For B2, we would say that the W = QV.*3315

*The work done in this case is going to be the change in kinetic energy.*3323

*½ MV² = Q × B potential, be careful not to mix up v velocity and potential.*3327

*Therefore, velocity² = 2Q × electric potential ÷ mass or V = √2Q B/ M.*3337

*It gives us some values so we can actually solve for an exact speed.*3351

*V= √2 × 1.6 × 10 ⁻19 C × our voltage 10 ÷ our mass 9.11 × 10 ⁻31 kg.*3356

*I come up with about 1.87 × 10⁶ m/ s.*3373

*Taking a look here at part C, points B and C are separated by a potential difference of 20 V.*3382

*Estimate the magnitude of the electric field midway between them and state any assumptions that you make.*3390

*The electric field is roughly the potential ÷ the distance assuming you are roughly uniform electric field *3395

*which should be 20 V / it looks like we are about 1 cm, .01 m apart there which is 2000 V/ m.*3403

*We have to write what we are assuming and say assuming a roughly uniform e field in that region.*3416

*Onto D, on the diagram draw an equal potential line it passes through point B and intersects at least 3 electric field lines.*3434

*I’m just going to sketch this very quickly, I think you can get the idea without too much,*3446

*The graph looks kind of like that and we have some points coming in there, something kind of like that.*3455

*We have got to be down here somewhere.*3467

*What we need to do is we need to draw an equal potential line so that crosses all of these at right angles and goes through that point.*3469

*Something like that, you have to look at your graph to see exactly how to do it.*3477

*Draw these equal potential lines perpendicular to the field lines and make sure it goes through D.*3481

*And that should cover that 2005 question.*3486

*Finally, let us take a look at one last free response question in this unit then I will you a rest.*3493

*Let us take a look at the 2003 E and M free response number 1.*3498

*Another one that say, a little bit of a more unique sort of question.*3503

*You do not see this very often.*3507

*They give us a spherical cloud of charge of radius R with a total charge +Q and a non uniform volume charge density and *3510

*they gave us the equation for where that the charges distributed.*3517

*Determine the following as a function of r for when you are outside that sphere.*3523

*The magnitude E of the electric field that is just a straightforward Gauss’s law question by now.*3529

*Let us make sure we get that one right, still good practice.*3535

*A1 the integral / the close surface of E ⋅da = the enclose charge ÷ ε₀ which implies then that *3538

*the electric field × that area 4 π R² = our total enclose charge is just Q ÷ ε₀*3551

*Or the electric field = Q/4 π ε₀ R².*3562

*By now, quite a few of you could probably just look at that and say what the answer is because we have done it so much.*3570

*It is same as if it was that + Q point charge in the center.*3574

*However, take the time to go through this and get all the points for showing your work.*3578

*How about the electric potential V in part 2?*3583

*There is part 1, part 2, define the electric potential of V the opposite of the integral from infinity to R *3587

*of E ⋅ dl is going to be - the integral from infinity to R of Q/4 π ε₀ R² dr.*3596

*We will pull other constants -Q /4 π ε₀ integral from infinity to R of r⁻² dr which is -Q/4 π ε₀ × -1/ r *3609

*evaluated from infinity to R which is as we have done before is well Q /4 π ε₀ r.*3629

*You might have been able even to say that from a number of times we have done similar problems, go ahead show the work.*3640

*Get every single possible point here.*3646

*For part B, we have got a proton and we are going to place it at point P as shown and release it.*3649

*Describe its motion for a long time after it is released.*3655

*If we put it at P, the proton is going to move away from the sphere to the right and it is going to accelerate, *3659

*it is going to be moving in increasing velocity but with a decreasing acceleration because the force is going to get smaller the further way it gets.*3665

*I would write something along the lines of, the proton will move away from the sphere to the right, probably important to mention.*3672

*An increasing velocity with a decreasing acceleration.*3690

*Part C, an electron of charged magnitude E is now place at point P which is a distance r from the center of the sphere it is released, *3710

*find the kinetic energy of the electron as a function of R as it strikes the cloud.*3721

*This is a conservation of energy question and we have seen things like this before by now as well.*3726

*Where the potential energy that r= to the potential energy that R + the kinetic R implies that the kinetic R = the potential energy of r - the electric potential energy R.*3733

*Thankfully we know the formula for the electric potential energy U is Q1 Q2/4 π ε₀ R.*3752

*Therefore, this implies then the potential energy at R is going to be - EQ/4 π ε₀ r - -E capital Q/4 π ε₀ R.*3767

*Which implies in that the kinetic energy, if we want to simplify this and combine a little bit is just going to be EQ/4 π ε₀ × 1/ R -1/ r.*3790

*Two more parts to the question, the next 2 pieces are little bit more math intensive but hang with it.*3813

*If we look at part D, it says to derive an expression for ρ 0.*3820

*The way we do that is we realize that the total charge in that sphere is + Q, it gives us the total.*3826

*This is not really an electric fields question, so much as it is kind of a common sense to you, understand what the math and algebra means question.*3833

*Our total charge is Q, which is going to be the integral as we go from our radius = 0 to R, *3842

*the radius of that sphere of our volume charge density × the differential volume.*3849

*Adding up all those charges as we go from 0 to the radius R should give us capital Q.*3856

*We have got the formulas, we just have to back out what that ρ 0 is.*3862

*To do this it would be helpful to start off with some knowledge of dv.*3867

*Dv is going to be, as we go from 0 outwards, what we will take is we will take little tiny shells of area 4 π R² × some thickness dr.*3873

*dv will be4 π R² dr and we also know that our volume charge density function ρ =ρ₀ × 1 - r/ R.*3885

*Back to the math, Q = the integral from 0 to R of ρ which we said is ρ₀ × 1 - r/ R × 4 π R² dr.*3907

*Which implies then that Q = let us pull out our constants.*3930

*We have got a 4 π ρ₀, it can all come out.*3938

*Integral from 0 to R of, we got this R² in here, let us distribute that through r² - r³/ R dr.*3944

*Which will be 4 π ρ₀ the integral of r² is going to be r³/ 3 – r⁴/ 4R, remembering R is a constant,*3959

*and those are evaluate from 0 to R.*3977

*Which is going to be equal to 4 π ρ₀ × R³/ 3 – R⁴/ 4R.*3982

*The 0 is just going to 0 out, we will get anything from that piece which is going to be 4 π ρ₀ × *3998

*let us see if we can get rid of the r⁴ and make that a cube.*4009

*Get rid of that and find any common denominator of 12 here, we can write this as 4 R³/12 -3 R³/ 12,*4014

*which implies then that Q = 4 π ρ 0 R³/ 12.*4030

*To find ρ₀ itself, ρ₀ then must be 12Q /4 π R³ or 12/ 4 gives us just 3Q/ π R³.*4041

*But we did a lot of work for that, let us put that in the 3D box.*4063

*We should be proud of ourselves, 3Q/ π R³.*4066

*One last piece, hang in there.*4072

*For part E, determine the magnitude E of the electric field as a function of r, for r is less than or equal to R.*4076

*When you are inside that sphere, it looks like you are probably going to be doing a bit more math again.*4087

*I'm going to go with Gauss’s law, the integral / the close surface of E ⋅ da = Q enclose/ ε₀ which implies then since A = 4 π R².*4093

*We know that the Q enclosed is going to be the integral from 0 to R of ρ dV.*4117

*We can write then that 4 π R² × the electric field = 1/ ε₀ × the integral from r= 0 to R of ρ dv.*4126

*We also can now fill in dv, just like before dv = 4 π R² dr.*4147

*This implies then that 4 π r² × our electric field is 1/ ε₀ integral from 0 to r of ρ is ρ₀ × 1 - r / R × 4 π r² dr,*4158

*which implies that then 4 π r² E, our left hand side = we will pull out the constants of the right hand side,*4185

*We have got for constants 4 π, we have got a ρ₀, we got an ε₀ out there already.*4196

*That is going to be 4 π₀/ ε₀ × the integral from 0 to r of r² - r³/ R dr.*4202

*We are getting the set up.*4224

*Let us see, we got a 4 π on both sides, we can maybe do some simplifications now.*4228

*We got to cancel 4 π and 4 π, and write that left hand side r² × electric field = ρ₀ / ε₀ integral of r² is r³/ 3.*4233

*We got r³/ 3 – r⁴/ 4R all evaluated from 0 to r, complies that r² capital E = ρ₀ /ε₀ × r²/ 3 – r⁴/ 4R.*4250

*The 0 does not give us any factors here that we need to worry about.*4277

*And we also now know from our part D problem that ρ₀ is equal to 3Q/ π R³.*4282

*Our electric field if I start solving for E all by itself, we are going to have on our right hand side, we have got ρ know which we just said was 3Q/ π R³.*4298

*We have still got the r² from the left hand side, we have got ε₀ there, and we also have this piece r³/ 3 – r⁴/ 4R.*4314

*And now it becomes an exercise in algebra.*4329

*Just trying to simplify this and pretty it up a little bit.*4332

*We will take a minute and clean it up.*4335

*That will be 3Q/ π ε₀ × R³, we will put the r² back in, in order to see what we can clean up there that will give us *4339

*r² in the denominator will give us r/ 3 - r²/ 4R which is also Q/ I ε₀ R³.*4361

*Let us see, if we multiply all of this by 3, factor out that 3 from there, we can get Q/ π ε₀ r³ 3.*4381

*Put the 3 in that will give us r -3r²/ 4r which implies that E = Q.*4392

*We can factor out a single lowercase r/ π ε₀ R³, 1 -3r/ 4R.*4404

*We might be will simplify that further but I think that is plenty.*4418

*There is our electric field as a function of r when you are inside that radius R.*4425

*Alright, hopefully that gets you going on electric potential and electric potential energy and how all of these starts to play together.*4431

*Thank you for watching www.educator.com.*4438

*We will see you again real soon.*4440

*Make it a great day everyone.*4442

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Fri Apr 8, 2016 6:12 AM

Post by Ayberk Aydin on April 7 at 03:47:57 PM

For example 8, isn't the electric field directed opposite the displacement? So there should be a negative multiplier? And isn't the charge of the electron at the end negative also? Or did you just realize those two negative would cancel out at the end?

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Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:20 AM

Post by Shehryar Khursheed on January 17 at 05:31:26 PM

Hello Mr. Fullerton, I have a question about the 2003 FRQ, part e.

You used an integral to find the charge enclosed within the gaussian region. When I attempted this problem on my own, I did not use an integral. This is what I did:

1) q=(rho)V

2) Because we are interested in a specific "r", we can just plug in the values for an arbitrary "r" within the spherical cloud.

3) A specific region enclosed will have a volume of (4/3)(pi)r^3, therefore...

4)Qenc= (rho not)(1-(r/R))*((4/3)(pi)r^3)

5)I plugged this into Gauss's Law and ended up with a similar answer, except I did not have a 3/4 in the fraction of r/R

I was wondering, why didn't this approach work. Even if the charge density isn't uniform, I can still plug in the function as long as I have the same function of the volume, can't I? I hope you understand what I'm trying to ask because I'm not sure if I can explain my problem best in writing. Thanks!

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Sun Apr 5, 2015 6:42 AM

Post by Luvivia Chang on April 4, 2015

hello Professor Dan Fullerton,

why is Electric force F=-du/dl insiead of du/dl?

why is the "-" there ?

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Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:39 AM

Post by holly song on March 28, 2015

why I keep getting network error message and couldn't watch your lessons? Thanks!