Safari Guide: Thomas

OPENING QUESTIONS:

First, what are some of the most important formulas and concepts that you recall regarding Gaussian surfaces?

What are the key differences between a conducting sphere, and one that is an insulator? What are the key similarities?

Think back to electric flux: what does it signify, and what are all of the different permutations that can be used to find it?

OBJECTIVES:

  • I will be able to describe the types of charge and the attraction and repulsion of charges.

  • I will be able to calculate the charge of the surface of a given shape (sphere, cylinder, etc.), given the charge density

  • I will be able to calculate the flux of an electric field through an arbitrary surface or of a field uniform in magnitude over a Gaussian surface and perpendicular to it.

  • I will be able to describe qualitatively the patterns and variation with distance of the electric field of a uniformly-charged spherical shell.

WORDS FOR TODAY:

Electric Field: Surrounds an electric charge and exerts a force on surrounding charges

Electric Potential: The difference in potential energy per unit charge between two locations in an electric field

Electric Flux: Rate of flow of an electric field through a given area

FORMULAE:

  • Ε0 = 8.85 x 10-12 C2/Nm2

  • q(enc)=ρv

  • Φ=EA

  • Φ = qino

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