# What would happen to a charge that is placed in an Electric Field = 0?

• BickySmalls
In summary, if a charge is placed inside an electric field where the electric field is equal to zero, it will not experience any electric force. However, the act of moving the charge to this position will cause the superposition of transient electromagnetic waves on the pre-existing zero field in the region. If the particle is placed in a region with a gravitational field but no electric field, it will experience acceleration due to the influence of gravity, causing it to radiate electromagnetic waves.
BickySmalls
If a charge was placed inside an electric field, where the electric field was equal to zero, what effect would the charge have?

If the particle with mass and charge is placed in a region with no electric field and no gravitational field, the particle would just stay where it is placed, ie. nothing would happen to the particle.

If the particle is placed in a region with a gravitational field but no electric field, the particle would accelerate due to the influence of gravity, which would cause the particle to radiate electromagnetic waves.

vanhees71, sophiecentaur and davenn
BickySmalls said:
If a charge was placed inside an electric field, where the electric field was equal to zero
electric field has value everywhere every time.
usually placing a charge inside an electric field would mean moving it to some place at sime time where electric field is not 0. I do not not understand what you mean by placing a charge inside an electric field where the electric field is equal to zero.
electric field apllies no force to body that is in place where electric field is 0.

BickySmalls said:
If a charge was placed inside an electric field, where the electric field was equal to zero,

Do you mean placed in a region where the electric field is zero? It would experience no electric force.

It would superimpose its own electrostatic field on the zero field which would have otherwise been present.

The act of moving the charge to this position would, of course, have the effect of superimposing transient electromagnetic waves on the pre-existing zero field in the region.

Relative motion is a thing. If a charge accelerates towards a stationary charge, they will both experience a force due to that 'exchanged' EM wave.

## 1. What is an electric field?

An electric field is a region in which an electrically charged object experiences a force. It is created by other charged objects and can either attract or repel the charged object.

## 2. What does it mean for an electric field to be equal to zero?

When an electric field is equal to zero, it means that there is no force acting on a charged object. This can occur when the charged object is in a neutral environment or if there are equal and opposite electric fields canceling each other out.

## 3. What would happen to a charge placed in an electric field equal to zero?

If a charge is placed in an electric field equal to zero, it would not experience any force and therefore would remain in its current state. It would not move or accelerate in any direction.

## 4. Can a charge be placed in an electric field equal to zero?

Yes, a charge can be placed in an electric field equal to zero. This can occur in a neutral environment or if there are equal and opposite electric fields canceling each other out. However, it is important to note that a charge will always create its own electric field, so a truly zero electric field is not possible.

## 5. How does the strength of an electric field affect a charge placed in it?

The strength of an electric field directly affects the force experienced by a charged object placed in it. The stronger the electric field, the greater the force on the charged object will be. In an electric field equal to zero, there is no force acting on the charged object.

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