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Electric field particles problem

  1. Jul 8, 2009 #1
    If you have a certain number of particles such as a few electrons and protons in an area, how would you determine the electric potential and such if you knew the position and charge of the particles? Can you do that?
     
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  3. Jul 8, 2009 #2
    Absolutely. Since electric fields add vectorally, their potential fields (voltage) also obey superposition. The potential at some point is just the sum of the potentials from each charged particle at that point.
     
  4. Jul 8, 2009 #3
    You have to submit the effect of all the particles in the point of space where you need to compute the answer.
     
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