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Career in Electrostatics?

  1. Jan 23, 2008 #1
    I'm currently a high school senior planning on going to college
    to study Electrical Engineering. I've become quite fascinated by
    the topic of electrostatics and so I'm wondering what careers/jobs
    are there in this field?
     
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  3. Jan 23, 2008 #2

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    Electrostatics? You mean, like solving problems with point charges on a plane?

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  4. Jan 23, 2008 #3
    Electrostatics don't really happen in nature. Everything tends to move, making everything fairly complicated.

    That is, assuming you mean what chroot and I think you mean.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrostatics
     
  5. Jan 24, 2008 #4

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    Right... electrostatics is basically an idealization used to teach people about Coulomb's law and the superposition principle. The only direct application of electrostatics that I know of is in electrostatic speakers, and even electrostatic speakers move constantly. :wink:

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  6. Jan 24, 2008 #5
    Besides, if you think electrostatics are interesting, wait until you get to magnetostatics and electrodynamics. That's where the fun stuff happens.
     
  7. Jan 24, 2008 #6

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    Agreed... electrostatics is pretty boring. All the problems are basically the same.

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  8. Jan 24, 2008 #7

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    While I agree that electrodynamics are generally more interesting, there are a number of interesting problems in modern physics that can be accurately modelled using electrostatics. So it's not all boring.
     
  9. Jan 24, 2008 #8
    Thank you for your replies!
    I do look forward to learning about magnetostatics and electrodynamics.
     
  10. Jan 25, 2008 #9
    Like what, out of curiosity?
     
  11. Jan 25, 2008 #10
    I can't think of any myself, but I'm assuming it's something that is a very special case, similar to using the method of images in electrostatics. i.e. by total coincidence you can model it with electrostatics.
     
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