# Electrostatics and work question

• IState21
In summary, electrostatics is a branch of physics that deals with the behavior of electric charges at rest, including electric fields, forces, and potentials. It is related to work, as work is done when a force moves a charge in an electric field, and the unit of electric potential is the volt. Work can be negative in electrostatics, and the concept of potential energy is closely related to the electric potential at a point in an electric field.
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## Homework Statement

Determine the amount of work needed to transfer two charges of 40nC and -50nC from infinity to locations (0,0,1) and (2,0,0) respectively.

I got an answer but it doesn't seem right

Used in attempt

## The Attempt at a Solution

W=(1/(4∏ε))*((40n*-50n)/(mag((2,0,0)-(0,0,1)))
W=-8.05 μN

formula is right, assuming you did the math correctly its good. Is that what you need checked?

## 1. What is electrostatics?

Electrostatics is a branch of physics that studies the behavior of electric charges at rest. It deals with the phenomena of electric fields, forces, and potentials created by stationary electric charges.

## 2. How is electrostatics related to work?

Electrostatics and work are related because work is done when a force is applied to move a charge in an electric field. The work done is equal to the product of the charge, the distance moved, and the electric potential difference between the two points.

## 3. What is the unit of electric potential?

The unit of electric potential is the volt (V), which is equivalent to one joule per coulomb (J/C). It is a measure of the amount of electric potential energy per unit charge at a point in an electric field.

## 4. Can work be negative in electrostatics?

Yes, work can be negative in electrostatics. This occurs when the direction of force and displacement are opposite, resulting in a decrease in the electric potential energy of the system. Negative work can also occur when moving a charge against the direction of the electric field.

## 5. How is the concept of potential energy related to electrostatics?

In electrostatics, the concept of potential energy is closely related to the electric potential at a point in an electric field. The potential energy of a charge is directly proportional to its electric potential and depends on the distance between the charge and the source of the electric field.

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