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Fortunately, the ratio of these two fundamental constants can be determined easily and precisely from the radius of curvature of an electron beam traveling in a known magnetic field. The central piece of this apparatus is an evacuated electron-beam bulb with a special anode. A known current flows through a pair of Helmholtz coils and produces a magnetic field. Lightning We have previously shown in Lesson 4 that any charged object - positive or negative, conductor or insulator - creates an electric field that permeates the space surrounding it.

In the case of conductors there are a variety of unusual characteristics about which we could elaborate. Recall from Lesson 1 that a conductor is material that allows electrons to move relatively freely from atom to atom.

It was emphasized that when a conductor acquires an excess charge, the excess charge moves about and distributes itself about the conductor in such a manner as to reduce the total amount of repulsive forces within the conductor.

We will explore this in more detail in this section of Lesson 4 as we introduce the idea of electrostatic equilibrium. Electrostatic equilibrium is the condition established by charged conductors in which the excess charge has optimally distanced itself so as to reduce the total amount of repulsive forces.

Once a charged conductor has reached the state of electrostatic equilibrium, there is no further motion of charge about the surface. Electric Fields Inside of Charged Conductors Charged conductors that have reached electrostatic equilibrium share a variety of unusual characteristics.

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One characteristic of a conductor at electrostatic equilibrium is that the electric field anywhere beneath the surface of a charged conductor is zero.

If an electric field did exist beneath the surface of a conductor and inside of itthen the electric field would exert a force on all electrons that were present there. This net force would begin to accelerate and move these electrons.

But objects at electrostatic equilibrium have no further motion of charge about the surface.

So if this were to occur, then the original claim that the object was at electrostatic equilibrium would be a false claim. If the electrons within a conductor have assumed an equilibrium state, then the net force upon those electrons is zero. The electric field lines either begin or end upon a charge and in the case of a conductor, the charge exists solely upon its outer surface.

The lines extend from this surface outward, not inward. This of course presumes that our conductor does not surround a region of space where there was another charge. To illustrate this characteristic, let's consider the space between and inside of two concentric, conducting cylinders of different radii as shown in the diagram at the right.

The outer cylinder is charged positively. The inner cylinder is charged negatively. The electric field about the inner cylinder is directed towards the negatively charged cylinder. Since this cylinder does not surround a region of space where there is another charge, it can be concluded that the excess charge resides solely upon the outer surface of this inner cylinder.

The electric field inside the inner cylinder would be zero. When drawing electric field lines, the lines would be drawn from the inner surface of the outer cylinder to the outer surface of the inner cylinder.

For the excess charge on the outer cylinder, there is more to consider than merely the repulsive forces between charges on its surface. While the excess charge on the outer cylinder seeks to reduce repulsive forces between its excess charge, it must balance this with the tendency to be attracted to the negative charges on the inner cylinder.

Since the outer cylinder surrounds a region that is charged, the characteristic of charge residing on the outer surface of the conductor does not apply.

This concept of the electric field being zero inside of a closed conducting surface was first demonstrated by Michael Faraday, a 19th century physicist who promoted the field theory of electricity.

Faraday constructed a room within a room, covering the inner room with a metal foil. He sat inside the inner room with an electroscope and charged the surfaces of the outer and inner room using an electrostatic generator. While sparks were seen flying between the walls of the two rooms, there was no detection of an electric field within the inner room.

The excess charge on the walls of the inner room resided entirely upon the outer surface of the room. Today, this demonstration is often repeated in physics demonstration shows at museums and universities.

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The inner room with the conducting frame that protected Faraday from the static charge is now referred to as a Faraday's cage. The cage serves to shield whomever and whatever is on the inside from the influence of electric fields.

Any closed, conducting surface can serve as a Faraday's cage, shielding whatever it surrounds from the potentially damaging effects of electric fields.

This principle of shielding is commonly utilized today as we protect delicate electrical equipment by enclosing them in metal cases.

## Electric Fields and Conductors

Even delicate computer chips and other components are shipped inside of conducting plastic packaging that shields the chips from potentially damaging effects of electric fields. This is one more example of "Physics for Better Living. There cannot be a component of electric field or electric force that is parallel to the surface.

If the conducting object is spherical, then this means that the perpendicular electric field vectors are aligned with the center of the sphere. If the object is irregularly shaped, then the electric field vector at any location is perpendicular to a tangent line drawn to the surface at that location.Equipotential lines: point charge. The electric potential of a point charge is given by. so that the radius r determines the potential. The equipotential lines are therefore circles and a sphere centered on the charge is an equipotential surface.

The field lines should be directed from + to - or from the edge of the page to the - or from + to the edge of the page. Each field line MUST have an arrowhead on it to indicate such directions. At the surface of either object, the field lines should be directed perpendicular to the surface.

Measuring separately the electric charge (\(e\)) and the rest mass (\(m\)) of an electron is a difficult task because both quantities are extremely small (\(e\) = × coulombs, \(m\) = × kilograms).

Fortunately, the ratio of these two fundamental constants can be determined easily and precisely from the radius of curvature of an electron beam traveling in a known magnetic field. the time to determine whether two simultaneously presented objects, though differing in their orientations, were of the to the three-dimensional structures of the objects, those lines may not appreciably increase the perceptual complexity of Comparison between two objects that are simultaneously presented, wit h eac i n a unpredictabl.

Two charges q1 = C and q2 = q1 are placed 50 cm apart. Find the point along the straight line passing through the two charges at which the electric field is zero, as measured from q1.

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