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## Electric Potential Energy,

Potential and Capacitance
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Outline Outline
2.1 Electric Potential Energy and the Electric Potential
2.2 Energy Conservation
2.3 The Electron Volt (eV)
2.4 Electric Potential of a Point Charge
2 5 E i t ti l Li d S f 2.5 Equipotential Lines and Surfaces
2.6 Capacitor
2 7 Dielectric 2.7 Dielectric
2.8 Storage of Electrical Energy
2.9 Electric Energy and Power in Current Electricity
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Topics for today's lecture: Topics for todays lecture:
Electric Potential Energy and the Electric Potential.
Energy Conservation.
The Electron Volt (eV).
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Objectives of this lecture: Objectives of this lecture:
Explain the concepts of Electric Potential Energy,
Electric Potential and Electric Potential Difference.
Discuss energy conservation in electric fields
Introduce a newunit of energy called the Electron Volt
(eV) and its relation to the joule (J ).
Solve Problems related to these concepts.
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2.1 Electric Potential Energy and the
Electric Potential
In Physics I the concepts of work ,W, &energy,
U, have been introduced in a mechanical context.
In this section these concepts are used in the In this section these concepts are used in the
context of electric fields.
A charged particle moves in an electric field as
a result of the field doing work on it. A charged
particle in an electric field therefore has electric particle in an electric field therefore has electric
potential energy , U.
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Fig. 2.1: Electric & Gravitational Potential Energy
Fi 2 1 h if A t t h i l d Fig. 2.1 shows a uniformE. A +ve test charge q
0
is placed
at A and experiences a downward electric force of
magnitude F = q
0
E which displaces it to point B.
Electric field
+ + + +
Gravitational field
m
A
+
q
0
A
y
A
A A
mgy U =
A A
Ey q U
0
=
y
x
B
E
B
y
B
y
A
B B
mgy U =
B B
Ey q U
0
=
g
F = mg
F = q
0
E
y
B

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Ground level = zero potential
2.1.1 Electric Potential Energy
The work done W
AB
by the electric force F:
2.1.1 Electric Potential Energy
The work done W
AB
by the electric force F:
While the change in potential energy U is -ve:
( )( ) ( )( ) y E q y F y y F W
A B AB
= = =
0
(2.1)
While the change in potential energy U is ve:
y E q Ey q Ey q U U U
A B A B

0 0 0
= = =
(2.2)
Therefore
U W
AB
= (2.3)
Where U is set to zero is arbitrary. The absolute
U of a test charge q
0
is set to zero with respect to
h h th i fi it l f t
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a charge q when they are infinitely far apart.
2.1.2 Electric Potential 2.1.2 Electric Potential
Electric potential energy U is associated with
electric potential that is known as voltage V in
electric circuits. The electric potential V is
defined as defined as
U
V =
or
0
q
(2.4)
V q U
0
=
qV U =
V is a scalar quantity and has the SI unit of the
j l / l b lt b l V
q
0
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joule/coulomb =volt, symbol V.
2.1.3The Electron Volt (eV) 2.1.3 The Electron Volt (eV)
W i ti (2 4) th t th l t i We see in equation (2.4) that the electric
potential energy is given by . qV U =
This equation suggests, at the atomic level, a
convenient and commonly used unit of energy y gy
called the Electron Volt (eV) defined as
( )( ) ( )( ) J 10 60 1 V 1 C 10 60 1 V 1 e 1 eV 1
19 19
= = = (2 5) ( )( ) ( )( ) J 10 60 1 V 1 C 10 60 1 V 1 e 1 eV 1 = = = . . (2.5)
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2.2 Electric potential difference (p.d.)
The electric p.d. V between the
2.2 Electric potential difference (p.d.)
p
two points y
A
and y
B
in Fig. 2.1 is:
E
y E q W U
V
AB

(2 5)
+ + + +
+
q
0
A
A A
Ey q U
0
=
From which we obtain the
y E
q
y q
q q
V
AB

0
0
0 0
= = = =
(2.5)
E
B
y
A
B B
Ey q U
0
=
From which we obtain the
important relation between E and
V, that is
V
F = q
0
E
y
B

y
V
E =
(2.6)
(The SI Unit for E can therefore

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(The SI Unit for E can therefore
also be volts/meter, V/m).
2.3 Energy Conservation gy
Gravitational potential energy U of a mass m
dropped in gravitational field decreases while dropped in gravitational field decreases while
its kinetic energy K increases. The total energy,
however, remains the same (i.e. energy is however, remains the same (i.e. energy is
conserved).
The same applies to electric fields, i.e.:
B B A A
U K U K + = +
( )
B B A A
B B A A
V V q U U v v m
U mv U mv
U K U K
+ = +
+ +
) (
2 2
1
2
2
1
2
2
1 (2.7)
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( )
B A B A A B
V V q U U v v m = = ) (
2
1
Example 1 Example 1
The work done by the electric force as a test
charge (q
0
= + 2.0 10
6
C) moves fromA to B is
W + 5 0 10
5
J ( ) Fi d U U U W
AB
= + 5.0 10
5
J. (a) Find U = U
B
U
A
between these points. (b) Determine V = V
B
V
A
.
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Solution Solution
(a)
W U
(a)
J 10 0 . 5

5
=
=
AB
W U
(b)

=
U
V
V 25
J 10 0 . 5

5
0
=

=

q
V
V 25
C 10 2.0

6
=

=

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Example 2 p
Find U as a charge of (a) +2.20 10
6
C or
(b) 1.10 10
6
C moves from a point A to B, (b) 1.10 10 C moves from a point A to B,
given that V = V
B
V
A
= +24.0 V (positive
implies B at higher potential compared to A).
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Solution Solution
(a)
( )( ) V 0 . 24 10 2.20

6
=
=
C
V q U
J 10 5.28
5
=
(b)
( )( ) V 0 24 10 10 1

6
=
=
C
V q U
( )( )
J 10 64 . 2
V 0 . 24 10 10 . 1
5
=
= C
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Example 3
y
Example 3
x
The work done by the electric
force as a test charge
(q =+2 0 10
6
C) moves fromA
+ + + +
A
+q
0
(q
0
=+2.0 10 C) moves fromA
to B is W
AB
=+5.0 10
5
J. (a)
Determine U =U
B
U
A
. (b) Find
( )
F = q
0
E
V = V
B
V
A
. (c) What is
magnitude of E if distance
between A and B is 0 25 m?
E
B
between A and B is 0.25 m?
_ _ _ _
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Solution
(a)
J 10 0 . 5
5
= = =
AB A B
W U U U
Solution
(a)
J 10 0 . 5
AB A B
W U U U
(b)

= =
U
V V V
A B
( )
V 25
C 10 2 0
J 10 0 . 5

6
5
0
=

=

q
A B
C 10 2.0
6

(c)
( )
( )
V/m 100
V 25
=

= =
A B
V V V
E (c)
( )
V/m 100
m 25 . 0
A B
y y y
E
Magnitude of E is 100 V/mand the -ve
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Magnitude of E is 100 V/m and the ve
indicates that E points in ve y direction
Example 4 Example 4
A uniform electric field with a magnitude of
6250 N/C points in the positive x direction. 6250 N/C points in the positive x direction.
Find the change in electric potential energy
when a +12.5 C charge is moved 5.50 cm
in (a) the positive x direction, (b) the negative
x direction, and (c) in the positive y direction.
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Solution Solution
x qE V q U
V
E

= x qE U
(a)
x qE V q U
x
E = =

= ,
( )( )( ) mJ 30 . 4 m 0550 . 0 N/C 6250 C 10 5 . 12
6
= =

x qE U
(a)
( )( )( ) mJ 30 . 4 m 0550 . 0 N/C 6250 C 10 5 . 12
6
= =
=

x qE U
(c)
( )( )( )
(b)
( ) 0 0 = = = qE x qE U
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(b)
( ) 0 0 = = = qE x qE U
Example 5 Example 5
When an ion accelerates through a potential
difference of + 2850 V the change in its difference of + 2850 V the change in its
electric potential energy is 1.37 10
15
J .
What is the sign and magnitude of the charge
on the ion?
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Solution Solution
15
= V q U
C 10 81 4
V 2850
J 10 37 1
19
15

=
.
V
U
q
C 10 81 4
19
= .
It is a negative charge with magnitude of 4.81 10
19
C
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Todays topics include: Todays topics include:
2.4 Electric Potential of a Point Charge
2.5 Equipotential Lines and Surfaces
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Objectives of this lecture: Objectives of this lecture:
To determine an expression for the potential due
to a point charge. p g
To explain the meaning of equipotential lines. p g q p
To solve problems related to these concepts. To solve problems related to these concepts.
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2 4 Electric Potential of a Point Charge 2.4 Electric Potential of a Point Charge
Fig 2.2 shows a point charge +q fixed at origin. g p g q g
A +ve test charge +q
0
is held at rest at A a
distance r
A
fromthe origin.
The test charge experiences
l i f f a repulsive force of
magnitude given by
r
A
2
0
A
r
qq
k F =
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The work done by the electric field in moving the The work done by the electric field in moving the
test charge +q
0
fromposition r
A
to r
B
using integral
calculus is
1
( )
1
1
.
2
0
r
r
r
r
r
r
r
AB
q q q q q q q q
dr
r
q kq dr r F d W
B
B
A
B
A
B
A

= = =

r F
(2.9)
F th b i th h i l t i

1

0 0 0 0
0
B A A B r
r
q q
k
r
q q
k
r
q q
k
r
q q
k
r
q kq
A
=

+ =

=
Fromthe above expression the change in electric
potential energy of test charge is:
A B
A B B A
AB
U U
r
q q
k
r
q q
k
r
q q
k
r
q q
k W U = =

= =
0 0 0 0

(2.10)
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Therefore U at any point for a point charge is
given by (dropping the subscripts):
A dV i i b
(2.11)
r
kqq
U
0
=
AndV is given by:
A B
kq kq U U U
V =

=
(2 12)
Finally, V at any point is given by (dropping the
A B
r r q q
V = = =
0 0

(2.12)
y y p g y ( pp g
subscripts:
kq
V =
(2.13)
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r
The net potential at a point due to a group of The net potential at a point due to a group of
point charges can be calculated by summing
potentials. For n point charges, net potential is p p g , p

= = + + + + =
n
i
n
q
k V V V V V V
(2 14)

= =
= = + + + + =
i
i
i
i n
r
k V V V V V V
1 1
3 2 1
(2.14)
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Example 1 Example 1
What minimumwork is required by an external
force to bring a charge q
1
=+3.0 10
6
C froma force to bring a charge q
1
3.0 10 C froma
great distance away (take r =infinity) to a point
0.5 mfroma charge q
2
=+20 10
6
C?
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Solution Solution
The work W required is The work, W, required is
( ) = =
A A
U U U W ( )

2 1 2 1 2 1
=

=
A A
A A
r
q q
k
r
q q
r
q q
k
( )
( )( )
m 0 5
C 10 20 C 10 0 . 3
/C Nm 10 99 . 8
6 6
2 2 9

=

A A
r r r
J 08 . 1
m 0.5
=
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Example 2 Example 2
Calculate the electric potential at points A and p p
B due to charges q
1
and q
2
as shown Fig.
yy
60 cm
A
B
30 cm
40 cm
40 cm
q =+50 C q =50 C
x
26 cm 26 cm
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q
2
= +50 C q
1
= 50 C
Solution Solution
The potential at point A is The potential at point A is
1 2 1 2

q q kq kq
( )
C 10 0 5 C 10 0 5
5 5
A1
1
A2
2
A1
1
A2
2
A1 A2

+ = + = + =

r
q
r
q
k
r
kq
r
kq
V V V
A
( )
V 10 5 7 V 10 75 0 V 10 5 1
m 6 . 0
C 10 0 . 5
m 3 . 0
C 10 0 . 5
/C N.m 10 99 . 8
5 6 6
2 2 9
= =

=
V 10 5 . 7 V 10 75 . 0 V 10 5 . 1 = =
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Solution (continued) Solution (continued)
At point B
B1
1
B2
2
B1
1
B2
2
B1 B2 B

+ = + = + =
r
q
r
q
k
r
kq
r
kq
V V V
( )
m 4 0
C 10 0 . 5
m 4 0
C 10 0 . 5
/C N.m 10 99 . 8
5 5
2 2 9
B1 B2 B1 B2

=

r r r r
V 0
m 4 . 0 m 4 . 0
=

the potential is zero everywhere on the plane
equidistant between the two charges. This plane
is called an equipotential surface with V = 0
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is called an equipotential surface with V 0.
Example 3
A charge q =4.11 10
9
C is placed at the origin,
d d h 2 i l d th i and a second charge 2q is placed on the x-axis
at x =1.00 m. (a) Find V midway between the two
charges (b) V vanishes at some point P between charges. (b) V vanishes at some point P between
the charges; that is, for a value of x between 0
and 1.00 m. Find this value of x.
+q
2q
+y
P
0
1 00 m
q
x
q
+
x
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1.00 m
Solution Solution
(a)
2 1

= kq V
(a)
( )( )
2 1
C 10 11 4 /C N m 10 99 8
9 2 2 9

B A
r r
kq V
( )( )
V 9 . 73
m 50 . 0 m 50 . 0
C 10 11 . 4 /C N.m 10 99 . 8
=

=
(b) Setting V = 0 we obtain
( )
0
3 m 00 . 1 2
+
x q k kq
V
( )
( ) ( )
1
0 3 00 1
0
m 00 . 1 m 00 . 1
=

+ =
x x x x
V
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m
3
, 0 3 m 00 . 1 = = x x
2.5 Equipotential Lines and surfaces 2.5 Equipotential Lines and surfaces
The electric potential can be represented by
equipotential lines or surfaces as shown by the
green lines in Fig. 2.3.
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Fig. 2.3: Equipotential lines (green lines)
By definition, an equipotential line/surface is
one in which all points on it are at the same
potential. That is to say, the potential difference
(V) between any two points on it is zero (V) between any two points on it is zero.
E i t ti l li / f l Equipotential lines/surfaces are always
perpendicular to the electric field. Note that a
conductor must be entirely at the same conductor must be entirely at the same
potential in static case. The surface of a
conductor is therefore an equipotential surface.
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q p
Todays lecture include: Todays lecture include:
Capacitor
Dielectric
Storage of Electrical Energy
Electric Energy and Power in Current
Electricity
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Objectives of this lecture: Objectives of this lecture:
To provide expressions for capacitance of a p p p
capacitor.
To explain dielectric.
To analyze energy stored in a capacitor and
electric energy in current electricity.
To solve problems related to these concepts.
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p p
2 6 Capacitor 2.6 Capacitor
A capacitor consists of a pair of metal plates of area A
t d b ll di t h i Fi 2 5 f separated by a small distance as shown in Fig. 2.5 for a
parallel- plate capacitor.
Circuit symbol
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Fig. 2.5: A Parallel-Plate Capacitor
2 6 1 Charging a Parallel-Plate Capacitor 2.6.1 Charging a Parallel-Plate Capacitor
When p d (voltage) V is When p.d. (voltage) V is
applied to a capacitor, it is
charged (Fig 2.6). Charge Q
i d b h l t i acquired by each plate is
directly proportional to V
Q
where C is proportionality
V
Q
C CV Q = = or
(2.15)
where C is proportionality
constant called capacitance
of the capacitor. SI unit C/V
f d(F)
Fig. 2.6: Charging a
Parallel-Plate Capacitor
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2.6.2 Calculating the Capacitance 2.6.2 Calculating the Capacitance
For a parallel-plate capacitor For a parallel plate capacitor
with area A and separation d
(Fig. 2.7), the capacitance is
l ti l t A d also proportional to A and
inversely proportional to d:
A
2 2 12
0
0
/N.m C 10 85 . 8

=
=

d
A
C
(2.15)
The proportionality constant
is found to have the value
0
,
th iti it f f
0
Fig. 2.7: A parallel-
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the permitivity of free space.
plate capacitor
2.6.3 Calculating the E in a capacitor
Using equ. 2.6 and taking the
lt t l t t b V voltage at +ve plate to be V
and at ve plate to equal
zero (Fig. 2.8), we obtain an zero (Fig. 2.8), we obtain an
expression for E inside a
capacitor thus:
x
V
E

=
(2.16)
d
V
d
V
x x
V V
=

=
0
0

1 2
1 2
Fig 2 8: A parallel-
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Fig. 2.8: A parallel-
plate capacitor
Example 1 Example 1
(a) Calculate the capacitance of a parallel-plate
capacitor whose plates are 20 cm by 3 cm and
are separated by a 1.0 mm air gap. (b) What is
the charge on each plate if the capacitor is
connected to a 12 V battery? (c) What is the connected to a 12 V battery? (c) What is the
electric field between the plates?
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Solution Solution
A
C
(a)
m 10 0 6
2 3
2 2 12
0

d
A
C
(a)
pF 53
m 10 0 . 1
m 10 0 . 6
) /N.m C 10 85 . 8 (
3
2 2 12
=

( )( )
10 12
( )( ) C 10 4 . 6 V 12 F 10 53
10 12
= = = CV Q
(b)
V/m 10 2 . 1
m 10 0 . 1
V 12
4
3
=

= =

d
V
E
(c)
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2 7 Dielectric 2.7 Dielectric
In most capacitors, an insulating sheet called a In most capacitors, an insulating sheet called a
dielectric is placed between the plates. This
increases the capacitance of the capacitor.
Consider a parallel-plate capacitor whose plates
t d b i If th it i are separated by an air gap. If the capacitor is
isolated (i.e. not connected to a battery) and
carries a charge Q and has voltage V across its carries a charge Q and has voltage V
0
across its
terminals, the capacitance will be given by
C
0
= Q/V
0
. Let the electric field be E
0
.
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0
Q
0 0
A dielectric is placed in between the plates
becomes polarized as shown in Fig. 2.8.
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Fig. 2.9: Dielectric effect on E inside a capacitor.
There will be net -ve charge on outer edge of the g g
dielectric facing +ve plate, and net +ve charge
facing the -ve plate. An electric field is set up
inside the dielectric opposite to original field E inside the dielectric opposite to original field E
0
and reduces it by a factor say. Net E inside the
dielectric is nowE = E
0
/ .
0
Hence the voltage must decreased by a factor Hence the voltage must decreased by a factor
also, i.e. V = V
0
/ , since V = Ed.
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The charge Q on plates remain constant The charge Q on plates remain constant
(remember capacitor is isolated). Therefore from
V
V
Q
C
0
d V
V
Q
C
0
find we
and

= =
(2.17)
d
A
C
V
Q
C
0 0
0

= = =
Implies decrease in E by a factor will increase C
by the same factor .
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Capacitance for parallel plate capacitor with
dielectric between plates is therefore given by
A A
C
(2 18)
where = is called the permittivity of the
d d
C = =
0
(2.18)

material.
0

## is known as dielectric constant, a factor

indicating by how many fold capacitance is
increased Table 2 1 shows the dielectric
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increased. Table 2.1 shows the dielectric
constants of some substances.
Table 2 1: at 20C for different substances Table 2.1: at 20 C for different substances
Material

Material

Vacuum 1.0000
Air (1 atm) 1.0006
P ffi 2 2 Paraffin 2.2
Rubber, hard 2.8
Vinyl (plastic) 2.8 4.5
Paper 3 7
Quartz 4.3
Glass 4 7
Porcelain 6 8
Mica 7
Ethyl alcohol 24
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Ethyl alcohol 24
Water 80
Example Example
A parallel-plate capacitor has plates of area
0.0280 m
2
and separation 0.550 mm. The space
b t th l t i fill d ith di l t i f between the plates is filled with a dielectric of
dielectric constant . When the capacitor is
connected to a 12 0-V battery each of the plates connected to a 12.0-V battery, each of the plates
has a charge of magnitude 3.62 10
8
C. What is
the value of the dielectric constant ?
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Solution Solution
First we determine C thus: First we determine C thus:
( )
F 10 02 3
C 10 62 . 3
9
8

= =
Q
C
N t fi d
F 10 02 . 3
V 0 . 12
= = =
V
C
Next we find :

0
=
d
A
C
( )( )
( )( )
70 . 6
0280 0 /N C 10 85 8
m 10 550 . 0 F 10 02 . 3
2 2 2 12
3 19
0
=

= =

A
Cd
d

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( )( ) m 0280 . 0 /N.m C 10 85 . 8
2 2 2 12
0
A
2 8 Storage of Electric Energy 2.8 Storage of Electric Energy
A Charged capacitor stores electric energy equal to work
d t h it Th lt V th it i done to charge it. The voltage V across the capacitor is
directly proportional to the charge q already accumulated
and increases from0 to V
0
linearly .(Fig. 2.10).
V (V)
V
0
0 2
1
V
0 2
1
Q
Q (C)
0
Q
0
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Fig. 2.10: Voltage across a capacitor vs. charge accumulated
V (V)
V
0
The average voltage
0 2
1
V
The average voltage
(fromFig. 2.10)
0 V +
0 2
1
Q
Q (C)
0
Q
0
0
2
1
0
2
0
V
V
V
av
=
+
=
(2.19)
The average energy
stored in a capacitor

0 0
2
1
0
0 0
2
V Q
V
Q V Q U
av av
=

= =
(2.20)
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Dropping the subscript 0in eq.2.20 and using pp g p q g
f
and
2
1
C Q V QV U = =
we obtain alternative expressions for energy
stored in a capacitor as
2
or
(2.21)
C
Q
QV U
2
2
1
2
1
= =
or
2
2
1
2
1
CV QV U = =
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Energy stored in a capacitor is stored in the
electric field between the plates. Using V=Ed
and C=
o
(A/d)
A

Ad is volume Therefore we may define the
d
A
CV U
2
0
2
1
2
0
2
1
2
2
1
=

= =
(2.21)
Ad is volume. Therefore we may define the
energy density u as energy per unit volume:
2
1
E
U
u
(2 22)
and for a Capacitor with dielectric
0
2
1
E
u = =
(2.22)
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2
0
2
1
2
2
1
E E u = = (2.23)
Example 1 Example 1
What is the potential difference between the
plates of a 3.3-F capacitor that stores
ffi i t t t 75 W li ht b lb sufficient energy to operate a 75-W light bulb
for one minute.
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Solution Solution
2
1
2
= CV U
2 2
= =
=
C
Pt
C
U
V
Pt U
( )( )( )
V 52
F 3 3
s 60 W 75 2
= =
C C
F 3.3
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Example 2
Stopped here
Example 2
A parallel-plate capacitor has plates with area of A parallel plate capacitor has plates with area of
1.2 cm
2
and separation 0.88 mm. The space
between the plates is filled with dielectric of
dielectric constant 2.0. (a) What is the potential
difference between the plates when the charge
l t i 4 7 C (b) Will t t on plates is 4.7C (b) Will your answer to part
(a) increase, decrease, or stay the same if the
dielectric constant is increased? Explain (c) dielectric constant is increased? Explain. (c)
Calculate the potential difference for the case
where the dielectric constant is 4.0.
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Solution Solution
Qd Q
(a)
( )( )
V 10 9 1
m 10 88 . 0 C 10 7 . 4
6
3 6
0
=

=
= =

A
Qd
C
Q
V

(a)
( )( )
( )( )
V 10 9 . 1
m 10 .2 1 N.m C 10 8.85 2.0

2 4 2 2 12
=

=

(b) ill d b i i i l (b) V will decrease because it is inversely
proportional to .
(c)
( )( )
( )( )
V 10 7 . 9
m 10 2 1 /N m C 10 8 85 4 0
m 10 88 . 0 C 10 7 . 4
4
2 4 2 2 12
3 6
=

=

V
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( )( ) m 10 .2 1 /N.m C 10 8.85 4.0
Example 3 Example 3
Find the electric energy density between the
plates of a 225-F parallel-plate capacitor. plates of a 225 F parallel plate capacitor.
The potential difference between the plates is
315 V, and the plate separation is 0.200 mm.
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Solution Solution
2
0
2
1
= E u
( )
2
2
0
2
=
d
V
( )( )
( )
2
3
2
Nm
C
12
m 10 200 . 0 2
V 315 10 85 . 8

2
2

3
J/m 11.0 =
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2.9 Energy and Power in Current Electricity gy y
Electric Energy can be easily transformed into Electric Energy can be easily transformed into
other forms of energy.
E.g. Electric motors transform electric energy
into mechanical energy, Heaters transform into mechanical energy, Heaters transform
electric energy into heat energy, while light
bulbs transformelectric energy into light energy.
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For a small amount of charge Q moved across
a p. d. V, U changes by the amount
( )V Q U =
(2 24)
Power P is the time rate of change of energy,
and therefore
( ) Q
(2.24)
and therefore
( )
IV
t
V Q
t
U
P =

=
(2.25)
SI unit of power is the watt (W).
t t
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Eq. 2.25 is power transformed by a device Eq. 2.25 is power transformed by a device
where I is the current passing through it and V
is the potential difference across it
and also gives the power delivered by a g p y
source such as a cell or battery.
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2 9 1Alternative expressions for power

## 2.9.1 Alternative expressions for power

For conductors, using V = IR, alternative
expressions for power are obtained as follows:

( ) R I IR I IV P
2
= = =
(2.26)
or
V
V
V
IV P
2

(2 27)
R
V
R
IV P =

= =
(2.27)
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2 9 2 Fire Hazard fromElectrical Appliances 2.9.2 Fire Hazard from Electrical Appliances
Electrical appliances have small resistance if Electrical appliances have small resistance. if
the current through electric wires is large, the
wire heats up and produce thermal energy at a p p gy
rate which equals to I
2
R and may start a fire.
To prevent overload, a fuse or circuit breaker is
used. These are switches that open the circuit
when current exceeds some particular value
(Fig 2.10).
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Fig. 2.10: (a) fuse (b) circuit breaker Fig. 2.10: (a) fuse (b) circuit breaker
(a) Fuses
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(b) Circuit breaker
Fig. 2.11: Connection of appliances to fuse g pp
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Example Example
Calculate the resistance of 40 W automobile
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Solution Solution
( ) V 12
2
2
V ( )
6 . 3
W 40
V 12
2
2
= = =
P
V
R
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2 9 3 Paying Electrical Bills

## 2.9.3 Paying Electrical Bills

Electric bills are paid based on total electric
energy U used. From U = P t we find an
alternative unit for energy that is alternative unit for energy, that is,
1 joule (J) =1 watt second (Ws).
Larger units such a kilowatt-hour (kWh) may
be used for energy 1kWh =1000 W 3600 s be used for energy. 1kWh 1000 W 3600 s
=3.6 10
6
Ws =3.6 10
6
J.
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Example 1 Example 1
An electric heater draws 15.0 A on a 240 V
line How much energy does it use and how line. How much energy does it use and how
much does it cost per month (30 days) if it
operates 3 hours per day and the rate is 10.5 p p y
cents per kWh. Assume the current flows
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Solution Solution
= IV P
( )( ) kWh 324 Wh 10 324 d 30 h/d 3 V 240 A 15
3
= = =
= = IVt Pt U
34.02 \$ \$/kWh 0.105 kWh 324 Cost = =
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Example 2 Example 2
A 75-W light bulb operates on a p. d. of 95 V.
Find (a) the current in the bulb and (b) the
resistance of the bulb. (c) If this bulb is replaced
with one whose resistance is half the value
f d i t (b) i it ti t found in part (b), is its power rating greater or
less than 75-W? By what factor?
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Solution Solution
75 W
0.79 A
95 V
P
I
V
= = =
(a)
2 2
(95 V)
120
V
R = = =
(b)
120
75 W
R
P
= = =
(b)
(c) greater by a factor of 2
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Example 3 Example 3
Find the power dissipated in a 25- electric
h t t d t 120 V tl t heater connected to a 120-V outlet.
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Solution Solution
2
=
R
V
P
( )
W 580
25
V 120

2
= =
R
25
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Example 4 Example 4
The current in a 120-V reading lamp is 2.3 A.
If the cost of electrical energy is \$ 0.075 per If the cost of electrical energy is \$ 0.075 per
kilowatt-hour, how much does it cost to
operate the light for an hour?
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Solution Solution
( )( )( ) hr 1 V 120 A 3 . 2 =
= = IVt Pt U
kWh 276 . 0 Wh 276 = =
( )( )
021 . 0 \$
kWh \$ 075 . 0 kWh 276 . 0 Cost
=
=
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