Electric Charges and Fields

Coulomb's Law and Forces between Multiple Charges

  • Coulombs inverse square law \tt F = \frac{1}{4 \pi \varepsilon_{0}} \cdot \frac{Q_{1}Q_{2}}{r^{2}}
  • \tt \frac{1}{4 \pi \varepsilon_{0}} = 9 \times 10^{9} N/m2 & ε0 = 8.85 × 10−12 C2/N-m2
  • Coulombs law in vector form \tt \overline{F} = \frac{1}{4 \pi \varepsilon_{0}} \cdot \frac{Q_{1}Q_{2}}{r^{2}} \times \hat{r}
  • Dielectric constant or relative permittivity K is given by \tt K = \varepsilon_{r} = \frac{\varepsilon}{\varepsilon_{0}} = \frac{F air}{F medium}
  • Coulombs electrostatic force is a conservative force
  • Coulombs electrostatic force is a central force
  • Principle of super position \tt \overline{F} = \overline{F}_{12} + \overline{F}_{13} + \overline{F}_{14} + ----

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1. Electrostatic force of interaction acting between two stationary point charges is given by
F = \frac{1}{4 \pi \varepsilon_{0}}\frac{q_{1}q_{2}}{r^{2}}

2. Forces between Multiple Charges
F_{1} = \frac{1}{4 \pi \varepsilon_{0}}\left[\frac{q_{1}q_{2}}{r_{12}^{2}} \hat{r}_{21} + \frac{q_{1}q_{2}}{r_{13}^{2}} \hat{r}_{31} + ...... + \frac{q_{1}q_{2}}{r_{n}^{2}} \hat{r}_{n 1}\right]