By Alessandro Bettini

Focusing on electromagnetism, this 3rd quantity of a four-volume textbook covers the electrical box lower than static stipulations, consistent electrical currents and their legislation, the magnetic box in a vacuum, electromagnetic induction, magnetic power less than static stipulations, the magnetic houses of subject, and the unified description of electromagnetic phenomena supplied through Maxwell’s equations.

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Indeed, the potential differences between points at finite distances are finite. Let us now directly calculate the potential. As we can see in Fig. 9, the contribution to the potential of an infinitesimal segment dz is d/ ¼ k dz 4pe0 r where we have put the zero potential at infinity. This is completely safe for the segment dz. The problem arises when we sum up, namely we integrate on the line. 7 Calculating Electrostatic Potentials 25 Fig. 9 Infinitesimal contribution to the electric potential of an element of a linear uniform charge distribution z dz r O θ P r' x To this purpose, let us express all terms as functions of h, namely r ¼ r 0 =cos h, z ¼ r 0 tan h and dz ¼ ðr 0 =cos2 hÞdh, obtaining d/ ¼ k dh : 4pe0 cos h We now integrate from –p/2 to +p/2, obtaining k /¼ 4pe0 ¼ þ Z p=2 Àp=2 dh k ¼ 2 cos h 4pe0 þ Z p=2 0 dh cos h p=2 k k ½ln tanðp=2Þ À ln tanðp=4ފ ¼ 1: j ln tanðh=2 þ p=4Þ ¼ 2pe0 0 2pe0 The result cannot be used.

Its field is a mean for describing its action on other charges. Let q0 be such a charge, r0 its position, ri0 = r1 − r0, the vector from q1 to q0 and u10 its unit vector. The electrostatic force on q0 is F10 ¼ q0 1 q1 u10 ; 2 4pe0 r10 ð1:13Þ which is proportional to q0, namely the charge that “feels” the force and that we shall call the explorer charge, and to a vector term, which depends on q1 and its position Eðr0 Þ ¼ 1 q1 u10 ; 2 4pe0 r10 ð1:14Þ This is the electric field produced by the source q1.

Do the same for two protons. 3 13 The Electrostatic Field The concept of a field of forces is central in physics. In the first volume of this course, we studied the gravitational field, which is the field of the Newton force. Similarly, the field of Coulomb’s force is the electrostatic field, which we shall now define. More generally, in this book, we shall study the properties of the electric field, which is, in general, a function of position and time. When it does not depend on time, namely is constant, it is called electrostatic.

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