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PC Chapter 25

PC Chapter 25

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Chapter 25Electric Potential
 
 
Electrical Potential Energy
When a test charge is placed in anelectric field, it experiences a force
F
=
q
o
E
The force is conservative
s
is an infinitesimal displacementvector that is oriented tangent to a paththrough space
 
 
Electric Potential Energy, cont
The work done by the electric field is
F
.
s
=
q
o
E
.
s
As this work is done by the field, thepotential energy of the charge-fieldsystem is changed by Δ
= -
q
o
E
.
s
For a finite displacement of the chargefrom A to B,
BB A o A
U U U q
 
E s

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