1. Not finding help here? Sign up for a free 30min tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

What determines the shape and spacing of equipotential lines?

  1. May 6, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    What determines the shape and spacing of equipotential lines?


    2. Relevant equations
    None


    3. The attempt at a solution
    I think the fact that equipotential lines have to be perpendicular to the surface determine the shape of the lines. I'm not sure what determines the spacing. Is it just the change in potential energy that determines the spacing?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. May 6, 2009 #2

    LowlyPion

    User Avatar
    Homework Helper

    Not the surface. They must be ⊥ to the flux lines of the E-field.

    Spacing? Whatever works for the scale to visualize it I'd say. In relative terms the closer together the stronger the field gradient in that region.
     
  4. May 6, 2009 #3
    That is also true, however there usually is no numerical relationship between the spacing unless otherwise denoted along the lines. The distance should decrease between the lines linearly as the electric potential is given by kQ/r.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook




Similar Discussions: What determines the shape and spacing of equipotential lines?
  1. Equipotential lines (Replies: 0)

  2. Equipotential Lines (Replies: 13)

  3. Equipotential lines (Replies: 3)

  4. Equipotential lines - (Replies: 7)

  5. Equipotential Lines (Replies: 6)

Loading...