Neutral Point between charges

In summary, the conversation discusses identifying the neutral point when given two or three charges on the same straight line, potentially using the electric potential as a function of position. The conversation also mentions discussing the electric potential from a point charge, adding another charge, and the defining property of a stable point. The level of education and mathematics of the speaker is also mentioned as grade 12 (senior).
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Hello , If i was given two or three charges separated , and they all lie on the same straight line ... how can I identify the neutral point ?

* Take any value for their separation , their charges and sign if you want to give an example ,, just a general question
 
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How about writing down the potential as a function of the position and minimising/maximising it?
 
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Orodruin said:
How about writing down the potential as a function of the position and minimising/maximising it?
sorry but didnt understand you
 
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Try to answer the following: What is the electric potential from a point charge? How does the electric potential change when you add another charge? What is the defining property of a stable point?
 
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Samurai44 said:
sorry but didnt understand you

What level of education and mathematics are you at? (It always helps to say this at the beginning.)
 
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jtbell said:
What level of education and mathematics are you at? (It always helps to say this at the beginning.)
grade 12 (senior)
 

1. What is the neutral point between charges?

The neutral point between charges is a location where the electric field intensity is zero. This means that the forces from positive and negative charges cancel each other out, resulting in no net force on a test charge placed at that point.

2. How is the neutral point between charges calculated?

The neutral point between charges can be calculated using the electric field equations, specifically the superposition principle. This involves taking into account the magnitude and direction of the electric fields from each individual charge and finding the point where the net electric field is zero.

3. What is the significance of the neutral point between charges?

The neutral point between charges is significant because it is a point of equilibrium where the electric forces are balanced. This can be seen in various applications such as in electric dipoles, where the neutral point is the point of zero potential energy.

4. Can the neutral point between charges be changed?

Yes, the neutral point between charges can be changed by altering the positions or magnitudes of the charges involved. This can be done by adding or removing charges, or by changing the distance between them.

5. How does the neutral point between charges affect electrical systems?

The neutral point between charges can have a significant impact on electrical systems. It can determine the direction of the flow of electrons in a circuit and can also affect the behavior of charged particles in plasma. Understanding the neutral point can help in designing and troubleshooting electrical systems.

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