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What k mean in coulomb law? it's 1/(4π*ε) but why is in this form? 4π it's related to the shape of an atom?
Coulomb's Law is a fundamental law in physics that describes the relationship between electric charges. It states that the force between two charged objects is directly proportional to the product of their charges and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them. This law is essential in understanding the behavior of electricity.
The constant k, also known as the Coulomb constant, is a proportionality constant that relates to the permittivity of a vacuum. It has a value of 8.99 x 10^9 N*m^2/C^2 and is used to calculate the force between two point charges in a vacuum.
The use of 4π in Coulomb's Law comes from the calculation of the electric field. Electric field lines spread out in all directions from a point charge, creating a spherical surface. The surface area of a sphere is 4πr^2, which is why 4π is used in the denominator of the equation to calculate the electric field.
Coulomb's Law is applicable to a wide range of real-life situations, including the behavior of electric charges in circuits, the movement of particles in particle accelerators, and the force between atoms in molecules. It is also used in the design of electronic devices, such as capacitors and batteries.
One common misconception about Coulomb's Law is that it only applies to point charges. In reality, it can also be used to calculate the force between two charged objects with finite sizes. Another misconception is that the force between two charges is always attractive. However, it can be either attractive or repulsive depending on the sign of the charges.