Electricity: Static Electricity
Static Electricity: Audio Guided Solution
High voltage electrical cables generate an electric field in the region of space surrounding the cables. This field can be strong enough to cause a coronal glow in grounded objects and to ignite combustible fuels. According to one source, utility companies take measures to insure that the electrical field intensity is no greater than 1000 N/C at the perimeter of their public lands. Determine the force that would be experienced by a 1.0 μC charge when placed at this location.
Audio Guided Solution
Click to show or hide the answer!
1.0x10-3 N or 0.0010 N
Habits of an Effective Problem Solver
- Read the problem carefully and develop a mental picture of the physical situation. If necessary, sketch a simple diagram of the physical situation to help you visualize it.
- Identify the known and unknown quantities; record them in an organized manner. A diagram is a great place to record such information. Equate given values to the symbols used to represent the corresponding quantity - e.g., Q1 = 2.4 μC; Q2 = 3.8 μC; d = 1.8 m; Felect = ???.
- Use physics formulas and conceptual reasoning to plot a strategy for solving for the unknown quantity.
- Identify the appropriate formula(s) to use.
- Perform substitutions and algebraic manipulations in order to solve for the unknown quantity.
Read About It!
Get more information on the topic of Static Electricity at The Physics Classroom Tutorial.
Return to Problem Set
Return to Overview