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Does the strength of an electric field in a wire change with shape?

  1. Jun 18, 2013 #1
    If I have a charged wire and shape it into a spiral, is the electric field stronger?
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 18, 2013 #2
    Maybe at some points, maybe weaker at some points.

    Sometimes its helpful to consider extreme cases. If I have a very long charged wire that extends for miles, then I spiral it up into a small package the field near by should be stronger, right? But that doesn't really depend on the fact that its spiraled, only that the charges are now closer together.

    What is your line of thinking here?
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