Electricity and Magnetism

Instructor: Dr. M. S. Kaiser Lecture 1


• A number of simple experiments demonstrate  the existence of electric forces and charges.
– after running g a comb through g  hair on a dry y day: y  comb attracts bits of paper. The attractive force  is often strong enough to suspend the paper.  – The Th  same effect ff  occurs when h  materials i l  such h as  glass or rubber are rubbed with silk or fur. – When materials behave in this way way, they are said  to be electrified, or to have become electrically  charged.

• If you rub an inflated balloon against your hair hair,  the two materials attract each other, as shown  in Figure Figure. Is the amount of charge present in  the balloon and your hair after rubbing  (a) less than, than   (b) the same as, or  (c) more than the amount of charge  present before rubbing?


• In a series of simple experiments experiments, it is found  that there are two kinds of electric charges,  which were given the names  positive  and   negative  by Benjamin Franklin.


hard rubber rod that has been rubbed with fur 

glass rod that has  been rubbed with  silk 

(a) A negatively charged rubber rod suspended by a thread is  attracted to a p positively y charged g  g glass rod.  (b) A negatively charged rubber rod is repelled by another  negatively charged rubber rod.

like charges repel one another and unlike charges  attract one another.


• Attractive electric forces are responsible for  the behavior of a wide variety of commercial  products.
– the plastic in many contact lenses, etafilcon, is  made up of molecules that electrically attract the  protein t i  molecules l l  i in h human t tears. Th These protein t i   molecules are absorbed and held by the plastic so  that the lens ends up p being g p primarily y composed p  of  the wearer’s tears. Because of this, the wearer’s  eye does not treat the lens as a foreign object, an


Charge is conserved
• Another ot e  important po ta t aspect o of Franklin’s a s model ode  o of  electricity is the implication that  electric charge  is always conserved.  • That is, when one object is rubbed against another, charge is not created in the process. The electri l t ified d state t t is i due d t a transfer to t f of f charge h from one object to the other. • One object gains some amount of negative charge while the other gains an equal amount of positive charge. p g

Charge is quantized
• In 1909, 909, Robert obe t Millikan a ( (1868–1953) 868 953) d discovered sco e ed that electric charge always occurs as some integral multiple of a fundamental amount of charge h e. • In modern terms, the electric charge q is said to b quantized, be ti d where h q is i the th standard t d d symbol b l • used for charge.  • That Th t is, i electric l t i charge h exists i t as discrete di t “packets,” and we can write q=Ne where N is some integer. integer

Important properties of charges
• Two kinds of charges occur in nature, nature with the property that unlike charges attract one another and like charges repel one another. another • Charge is conserved. • Charge Ch  is i  quantized. i d


Atomic Structure
• The interactions responsible p for the structure of the atoms and molecules are primarily electrical interactions between electrically charged particles. • 3 kinds ki d of f charged h d particles: ti l
– electron (‐ve), proton(+ve), neutron (no charge).

• Charge of electron and proton : same magnitude. magnitude • Protons and neutrons form a closely packed group called nucleus (diameter: 10‐14m). • Outside of the nucleus, at relatively large distance, there are electrons. No of electrons=No of protons.

• In a neutral atom, atom the algebraic sum of electron and protons is zero. • If one or more electrons are removed from atom: positive ion. • If one or more electrons l are gained: i d negative i ion. • The process of losing or gaining electrons is called ionization.

Boar’s Boar s Model
• Atomic model p proposed p  by y boar in 1913.  Analogous to solar system. Gravitational forces‐‐>  electrical forces. • Electrons were pictured as whirling about the  nucleus in a circular or elliptical orbit. • The diameters of electron charge distributions  determine the overall size of the atom. • Masses of proton and neutron: same • Masses of proton : 1836 times higher. • Mass of a single hydrogen atom (gm)= 
1.008 g −24 = 1.674 × 10 6.022 ×1023

• One H‐atom contains one e‐ and one p p. • Hence of the total mass of the H‐atom,1/1837  part is the mass of electron • Mass of electron                        9.111× 10−31 kg • Mass of proton                       1.674 ×10−24 kg


Recommended Reading
• Periodic table • Atomic number: nuclear protons


Insulator and Conductor
• Electrical conductors are materials (copper, ( pp , aluminum, and silver) in which electric charges move freely.
– When such materials are charged in some small region, the charge readily distributes itself over the entire surface of the material.

• El Electrical t i l insulators i l t are materials t i l (glass, ( l rubber, bb and wood) in which electric charges cannot move freely. y
– When such materials are charged by rubbing, only the area rubbed becomes charged, and the charge is unable to move to other regions of the material. material

• Semiconductors are a third class of materials, , and their electrical properties are somewhere between those of insulators and those of conductors. • Silicon Sili and d germanium i are well ll‐known k examples l of f semiconductors commonly used in the fabrication of a y of electronic devices, such as transistors and variety light‐emitting diodes. • The electrical properties of semiconductors can be changed over many orders of magnitude by the addition of controlled amounts of certain atoms to the materials.

• When a conductor is connected to the Earth by means of a conducting wire or pipe, it is said to be grounded. • The Earth can then be considered an infinite sink to which electric charges can easily “sink” migrate.


Charging a metallic object by induction


• Object A is attracted to object B. B  If object B is  known to be positively charged, what can we  say about object A?  (a) It is positively charged.  (b) I It i is negatively i l  charged. h d  (c) It is electrically neutral.  (d) Not enough information to answer.


Coulomb’s experiments showed that the electric force between two stationary t ti charged h d particles ti l • is inversely proportional to the square of the separation r between the particles and directed along the line joining them; • is proportional to the product of the charges q1 and q2 on the two particles; • is attractive if the charges are of opposite sign and repulsive if the charges have the same sign. From these observations, we can express Coulomb’s law as an equation q giving g g the magnitude g of the electric force ( (sometimes called the Coulomb force) between two point charges:



• The smallest unit of charge known in nature is  the charge on an electron or proton, 1 which  has an absolute value of
e = 1.602 ×10−19

• Th Therefore, f  1 C of f charge h  is i  approximately i l   6.24 ×1018 electrons or  equal to the charge of                       protons. 


• Object A has a charge of +2C +2C, and object B has  a charge of +6uC. Which statement is true?








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