Physics 201- Introduction to Electricity & Magnetism
September 25- Electrostatic Potentials

 

 

 

 
 

 

  Electrostatic potential energy and work

The diagram show a top view of a positively charged rod.  Points, A, B, C, and D lie in a plane near the center of the rod.  Points B and C and equidistant from the rod, as are points A and D.




In our our example, where is the potential energy the highest?  C or D?  A or D?
 

In our example, where is the potential the highest?  C or D?  A or D?
 

How do your answers compare for the +q versus the +1.7q case?
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Jeff Phillips
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Loyola Marymount University
Fall 2002