Class 12 - Physics - Electric Charges Fields

Question1.

What is the force between two small charged spheres having charges of 2 ×10-7C and 3 × 10–7C placed 30 cm apart in air?

Given:

Repulsive force of magnitude 6 × 10−3 N

Charge on the first sphere, q1 = 2 × 10−7 C

Charge on the second sphere, q2 = 3 × 10−7 C

Distance between the spheres, r = 30 cm = 0.3 m

Electrostatic force between the spheres is given by the relation:

F = (1/4πε0). (q1q2)/ (r2)

Where, ε0 = Permittivity of free space and (1/4πε0) =9 × 109 Nm2C−2

Therefore, force F = (9 × 109 × 2 × 10−7)/ ((0.3)2)

= 6 × 10−3N

Hence, force between the two small charged spheres is 6 × 10−3 N. The charges are of same nature. Hence, force between them will be repulsive.

Question2.

The electrostatic force on a small sphere of charge 0.4 μC due to another small sphere of charge –0.8 μC in air is 0.2 N.

(a) What is the distance between the two spheres?

(b) What is the force on the second sphere due to the first?

(a) Electrostatic force on the first sphere, F = 0.2 N

Charge on this sphere, q1 = 0.4 μC = 0.4 × 10−6 C

Charge on the second sphere, q2 = − 0.8 μC = − 0.8 × 10−6 C

Electrostatic force between the spheres is given by the relation:

F = (1/4πε0). (q1q2)/ (r2)

Where, ε0 = Permittivity of free space and (1/4πε0) = 9 × 109 Nm2C−2

Therefore, r2 = ((1/4πε0)). ((q1q2)/ (F))

= (0.4 × 10−6 × 8 × 10−6 × 9 × 109)/ (0.2)

= 144 × 10−4

⇒ r = √ (144 × 104)

= 12 × 102

= 0.12 m

The distance between the two spheres is 0.12 m.

(b) Both the spheres attract each other with the same force. Therefore, the force on the second sphere due to the first is 0.2 N.

Question 3.

Check that the ratio ke2 /G me mp is dimensionless. Look up a Table of Physical Constants and determine the value of this ratio. What does the ratio signify?

The given ratio is (ke 2)/ (G me mp)

Where, G = Gravitational constant. Its unit is N m2 kg−2

me and mp = Masses of electron and proton and their unit is kg.

e = Electric charge. Its unit is C.

k = (1/4πε0) and its unit is N m2 C−2

Therefore, unit of the given ratio

(ke 2)/ (G me mp) = ([Nm2C−2] [C−2])/ ([Nm2kg−2] [kg] [kg])

= M0L0T0

Hence, the given ratio is dimensionless.

e = 1.6 × 10−19 C

G = 6.67 × 10−11 N m2 kg-2

me= 9.1 × 10−31 kg

mp = 1.66 × 10−27 kg

Hence, the numerical value of the given ratio is:

(ke 2)/ (G me mp)

= (9 × 109 × (1.6 × 10−19)2)/ (6.67 × 10−11 × 9.1 × 10−31 × 1.67 × 10−27)

≈ 2.3 × 1039

This is the ratio of electric force to the gravitational force between a proton and an electron, keeping distance between them constant.

Question 4.

(a) Explain the meaning of the statement ‘electric charge of a body is quantised’.

(b) Why can one ignore quantisation of electric charge when dealing with macroscopic i.e., large scale charges?

• Electric charge of a body is quantized. This means that only integral (1, 2... n) number of electrons can be transferred from one body to the other.
• Charges are not transferred in fraction. Hence, a body possesses total charge only in integral multiples of electric charge.
• In macroscopic or large scale charges, the charges used are huge as compared to the magnitude of electric charge.
• Hence, quantization of electric charge is of no use on macroscopic scale. Therefore, it is ignored and it is considered that electric charge is continuous.

Question 5.

When a glass rod is rubbed with a silk cloth, charges appear on both. A similar phenomenon is observed with many other pairs of bodies.

Explain how this observation is consistent with the law of conservation of charge.

Rubbing produces charges of equal magnitude but of opposite nature on the two bodies because charges are created in pairs.

This phenomenon of charging is called charging by friction. The net charge on the system of two rubbed bodies is zero. T

his is because equal amount of opposite charges annihilate each other.

When a glass rod is rubbed with a silk cloth, opposite natured charges appear on both the bodies.

This phenomenon is in consistence with the law of conservation of energy.

A similar phenomenon is observed with many other pairs of bodies.

Question 6.

Four point charges qA = 2 μC, qB = –5 μC, qC = 2 μC, and qD = –5 μC are located at the corners of a square ABCD of side 10 cm.

What is the force on a charge of 1 μC placed at the centre of the square?

The given figure shows a square of side 10 cm with four charges placed at its corners. O is the centre of the square.

Where,

(Sides) AB = BC = CD = AD = 10 cm

(Diagonals) AC = BD = 10√2 cm

AO = OC = DO = OB = 5√2 cm

A charge of amount 1μC is placed at point O.

Force of repulsion between charges placed at corner A and centre O is equal in magnitude but opposite in direction relative to the

force of repulsion between the charges placed at corner C and centre O.

Hence, they will cancel each other. Similarly, force of attraction between charges placed at corner B and centre O is equal in magnitude

but opposite in direction relative to the force of attraction between the charges placed at corner D and centre O.

Hence, they will also cancel each other. Therefore, net force caused by the four charges placed at the corner of the square on 1 μC charge at centre O is zero.

Question 7.

(a) An electrostatic field line is a continuous curve. That is, a field line cannot have sudden breaks. Why not?

(b) Explain why two field lines never cross each other at any point?

(a) An electrostatic field line is a continuous curve because a charge experiences a continuous force when traced in an electrostatic field. T

he field line cannot have sudden breaks because the charge moves continuously and does not jump from one point to the other.

(b) If two field lines cross each other at a point, then electric field intensity will show two directions at that point.

This is not possible. Hence, two field lines never cross each other.

Question 8.

Two point charges qA = 3 μC and qB = –3 μC are located 20 cm apart in vacuum.

(a) What is the electric field at the midpoint O of the line AB joining the two charges?

(b) If a negative test charge of magnitude 1.5 × 10–9 C is placed at this point, what is the force experienced by the test charge?

• The situation is represented in the given figure. O is the mid-point of line AB.

Distance between the two charges, AB = 20 cm

∴ AO = OB = 10 cm

Net electric field at point O = E

Electric field at point O caused by +3μC charge,

E1 = (1/4πε0). ((3 × 10−6)/ (OA) 2)

= (1/4πε0). (3 × 10−6)/ ((10 × 10−2)2) NC−1 along OB

Where, ε0 = Permittivity of free space and (1/4πε0) = 9 × 109 Nm2C−2

Therefore,

Magnitude of electric field at point O caused by −3μC charge,

E2 = | (1/4πε0) (−3 × 10−6)/ ((OB) 2)|

= (1/4πε0) ((3 × 10−6)/ (10 × 10−2)2) NC−1 along OB

∴ E = E1 + E2

= (2 × (1/4πε0)). (3 × 10−6 (10 × 10−2)2)NC−1 along OB

[Since the magnitudes of E1 and E2 are equal and in the same direction]

∴ E = (2 × 9 × 109) × ((3 × 10−6)/ ((10 × 10−2)2) NC−1

= (5.4 × 106 NC–1 ) along OB

Therefore, the electric field at mid-point O is 5.4 × 106 N C−1along OB.

(b) A test charge of amount 1.5 × 10−9 C is placed at mid – point O.

q = 1.5 × 10−9 C

Force experienced by the test charge = F

∴ F = (q E) = 1.5 × 10−9 × 5.4 × 106 = 8.1 × 10−3 N

The force is directed along line OA. This is because the negative test charge is repelled by the charge placed at point B but attracted towards point A.

Therefore, the force experienced by the test charge is 8.1 × 10−3 N along OA.

Question 9.

A system has two charges qA = 2.5 × 10–7 C and qB = –2.5 × 10–7 C located at points A: (0, 0, –15 cm) and B: (0, 0, +15 cm), respectively.

What are the total charge and electric dipole moment of the system?

Both the charges can be located in a coordinate frame of reference as shown in the given figure.

At A, amount of charge, qA = 2.5 × 10−7C

At B, amount of charge, qB = −2.5 × 10−7 C

Total charge of the system, q = qA + qB = (2.5 × 107 C) – (2.5 × 10−7 C) = 0

Distance between two charges at points A and B,

d = (15 + 15) = 30 cm = 0.3 m

Electric dipole moment of the system is given by, p

= (qA × d) = (qB × d) = (2.5 × 10−7 × 0.3) = 7.5 × 10−8 C m along positive z-axis

Therefore, the electric dipole moment of the system is 7.5 × 10−8 C m along positive z−axis.

Question 10.

An electric dipole with dipole moment 4 × 10–9 C m is aligned at 30° with the direction of a uniform electric field of magnitude 5 × 104 NC–1.

Calculate the magnitude of the torque acting on the dipole.

Given:

Electric dipole moment, p = 4 × 10−9 C m

Angle made by p with a uniform electric field, θ = 30°

Electric field, E = 5 × 104 N C−1

Torque acting on the dipole is given by the relation, τ = p E sinθ

= (4 × 10−9 × 5 × 104 × sin 300)

= (20 × 10−5 × (1/2))

= 10−4 Nm

Therefore, the magnitude of the torque acting on the dipole is 10−4 N m.

Question 11.

A polythene piece rubbed with wool is found to have a negative charge of 3 × 10–7 C.

(a) Estimate the number of electrons transferred (from which to which?)

(b) Is there a transfer of mass from wool to polythene?

When polythene is rubbed against wool, a number of electrons get transferred from wool to polythene.

Hence, wool becomes positively charged and polythene becomes negatively charged.

Amount of charge on the polythene piece, q = −3 × 10−7 C

Amount of charge on an electron, e = −1.6 × 10−19 C

Number of electrons transferred from wool to polythene = n

n can be calculated using the relation, q = (ne)

n = (q/e) = (−3 × 10−7)/ (−1.6 × 10−19)

= 1.87 × 1012

Therefore, the number of electrons transferred from wool to polythene is 1.87 × 1012

1. b) Yes. There is a transfer of mass taking place. This is because an electron has mass,

me = 9.1 × 10−3 kg

Total mass transferred to polythene from wool, m = (me × n)

= (9.1 × 10−31 × 1.85 × 1012)

= 1.706 × 10−18 kg

Hence, a negligible amount of mass is transferred from wool to polythene.

Question 12.

• Two insulated charged copper spheres A and B have their centres separated by a distance of 50 cm.
• What is the mutual force of electrostatic repulsion if the charge on each is 6.5 × 10–7 C? The radii of A and B are negligible compared to the distance of separation.
• What is the force of repulsion if each sphere is charged double the above amount, and the distance between them is halved?

• Charge on sphere A, qA = 6.5 × 10−7 C

Charge on sphere B, qB = 6.5 × 10−7 C

Distance between the spheres, r = 50 cm = 0.5 m

Force of repulsion between the two spheres

F = ((1/4πε0)). ((qA qB)/r2)

Where, ε0 = Permittivity of free space and (1/4πε0) = 9 × 109 Nm2C−2

Therefore, F = (9 × 109 × (6.5 × 10−7)2)/ ((0.5)2)

= 1.52 × 10−2 N

Therefore, the force between the two spheres is 1.52 × 10−2 N.

• After doubling the charge,

Charge on sphere A, qA = 1.3 × 10−6 C

Charge on sphere B, qB = 1.3 × 10−6 C

The distance between the spheres is halved.

∴ r = (0.5)/ (2)

= 0.25 m

Force of repulsion between the two spheres,

F = ((1/4πε0)). ((qA qB)/r2)

= (9 × 109 × 1.3 × 10−6 × 1.3 × 10−6)/ ((0.25)2)

= (16 × 1.52 × 10−2)

= 0.243 N

Therefore, the force between the two spheres is 0.243 N.

Question 13.

Suppose the spheres A and B in Exercise 1.12 have identical sizes.

A third sphere of the same size but uncharged is brought in contact with the first, then brought in contact with the second,

and finally removed from both. What is the new force of repulsion between A and B?

Distance between the spheres, A and B, r = 0.5 m

Initially, the charge on each sphere, q = 6.5 × 10−7 C

When sphere A is touched with an uncharged sphere C, (q/2) amount of charge from A will transfer to sphere C. Hence, charge on each of the spheres, A and C, is (q/2).

When sphere C with charge (q/2) is brought in contact with sphere B with charge q, total charges on the system will divide into two equal halves given as,

(1/2)(q + (q/2)) = (3q/4)

Hence, charge on each of the spheres, C and B, is (3q/4).

Force of repulsion between sphere A having charge (q/2) and sphere B having charge (3q/4) is

F = ((1)/ (4πε0)). ((qA qB)/r2) = ((1)/ (4πε0)). ((q/2) x (3q/4))/ (r2)

= ((1)/ (4πε0)). ((3q2)/ (8r2)) = (9 × 109 × 3 x (6.5 x 10-7)2)/ (8 x (0.5)2)

= 5.703 × 10−3 N

Therefore, the force of attraction between the two spheres is 5.703 × 10−3 N.

Question 14.

Figure 1.33 shows tracks of three charged particles in a uniform electrostatic field. Give the signs of the three charges.

Which particle has the highest charge to mass ratio?

Opposite charges attract each other and same charges repel each other. It can be observed that particles 1 and 2

both move towards the positively charged plate and repel away from the negatively charged plate.

Hence, these two particles are negatively charged. It can also be observed that particle 3 moves

towards the negatively charged plate and repels away from the positively charged plate.

Hence, particle 3 is positively charged.

The charge to mass ratio (emf) is directly proportional to the displacement or amount of deflection for a given velocity.

Since the deflection of particle 3 is the maximum, it has the highest charge to mass ratio.

Question 15.

Consider a uniform electric field E = 3 × 103 î N/C.

(a) What is the flux of this field through a square of 10 cm on a side whose plane is parallel to the yz plane?

(b) What is the flux through the same square if the normal to its plane makes a 60° angle with the x-axis?

Given:

Electric field intensity, E = 3 × 103î N/C

Magnitude of electric field intensity, |E| = 3 × 103 N/C

Side of the square, s = 10 cm = 0.1 m

Area of the square, A = s2 = 0.01 m2

The plane of the square is parallel to the y-z plane. Hence, angle between the unit vector normal to the plane and electric field, θ = 0°

Flux (φ) through the plane is given by the relation,

φ = |E|A cos θ

= (3 × 103 × 0.01 × cos 0°)

= 30 N m2/C

(b) Plane makes an angle of 60° with the x – axis. Hence, θ = 60°

Flux, φ = |E|A cos θ

= (3 × 103 × 0.01 × cos 60°)

= (30 × (1/2))

= 15 Nm2/C

Question 16.

What is the net flux of the uniform electric field of Exercise 1.15 through a cube of side 20 cm oriented so that its faces are parallel to the coordinate planes?

All the faces of a cube are parallel to the coordinate axes. Therefore, the number of field lines entering the cube is equal to the

number of field lines piercing out of the cube. As a result, net flux through the cube is zero.

Question 17.

Careful measurement of the electric field at the surface of a black box indicates that the net outward flux through the surface of the box is 8.0 × 103 Nm2/C.

(a) What is the net charge inside the box?

(b) If the net outward flux through the surface of the box were zero, could you conclude that there were no charges inside the box? Why or Why not?

• Net outward flux through the surface of the box, φ = 8.0 × 103 N m2/C

For a body containing net charge q, flux is given by the relation,

φ = (q/ε0) where, ε0 = Permittivity of free space

= 8.854 × 10−12 N−1C2m−2

q = (ε0φ)

= (8.854 × 10−12 × 8.0 × 103) C

= 7.08 × 10−8 C

= 0.07 μC

Therefore, the net charge inside the box is 0.07 μC.

• Net flux piercing out through a body depends on the net charge contained in the body. If net flux is zero, then it can be
• inferred that net charge inside the body is zero. The body may have equal amount of positive and negative charges.

Question 18.

A point charge +10 μC is a distance 5 cm directly above the centre of a square of side 10 cm, as shown in Fig. 1.34.

What is the magnitude of the electric flux through the square? (Hint: Think of the square as one face of a cube with edge 10 cm.)

The square can be considered as one face of a cube of edge 10 cm with a centre where charge q is placed.

According to Gauss’s theorem for a cube, total electric flux is through all its six faces.

φTotal =(q/ε0)

Hence, electric flux through one face of the cube i.e., through the square is

φ = (φTotal)/ (6)

= (1/6) (q/ ε0)

Where,

ε0 = Permittivity of free space = 8.854 × 10−12 N−1C2 m−2

q = 10 μC = 10 × 10−6 C

∴ φ = ((1/6) (10 × 10−6)) / ((8.854 x10−12))

=1.88 × 105 N m2 C−1

Therefore, electric flux through the square is 1.88 × 105 N m2 C−1

Question 19.

A point charge of 2.0 μC is at the centre of a cubic Gaussian surface 9.0 cm on edge. What is the net electric flux through the surface?

Net electric flux (φNet) through the cubic surface is given by

φNet = (q/ε0)

Where, ε0 = Permittivity of free space = 8.854 × 10−12 N−1C2 m−2

q = Net charge contained inside the cube = 2.0 μC = 2 × 10−6 C

∴ φNet = (2 × 10−6)/(8.854 × 10−12)

= 2.26 × 105 N m2 C−1

The net electric flux through the surface is 2.26 ×105 N m2C−1.

Question 20.

A point charge causes an electric flux of –1.0 × 103 Nm2 /C to pass through a spherical Gaussian surface of 10.0 cm radius centred on the charge.

(a) If the radius of the Gaussian surface were doubled, how much flux would pass through the surface?

(b) What is the value of the point charge?

(a) Electric flux, Φ = −1.0 × 103 N m2/C

Radius of the Gaussian surface, r = 10.0 cm

Electric flux piercing out through a surface depends on the net charge enclosed inside a body.

It does not depend on the size of the body. If the radius of the Gaussian surface is doubled, then the flux passing through the surface remains the same i.e., −103 N m2/C.

(b) Electric flux is given by the relation

φ = (q/ε0)

Where,

ε0 = Permittivity of free space = 8.854 × 10−12 N−1C2 m−2

q = Net charge enclosed by the spherical surface = (φε0)

= (−1.0 × 103 × 8.854 × 10−12)

= − (8.854 × 10−9) C

= −8.854 nC

Therefore, the value of the point charge is −8.854 nC.

Question 21.

A conducting sphere of radius 10 cm has an unknown charge. If the electric field 20 cm from the centre of the sphere is 1.5 × 103 N/C

and points radially inward, what is the net charge on the sphere?

Electric field intensity (E) at a distance (d) from the centre of a sphere containing net charge q is given by the relation,

E = (1/4πε0). (q)/ (d2)

Where, q = Net charge = 1.5 × 103 N/C

d = Distance from the centre = 20 cm = 0.2 m

ε0 = Permittivity of free space and (1/4πε0) = 9 × 109 Nm2C−2

Therefore, q = (E (4πε0) d2) = (1.5 × 103)/ (9 × 109) = 6.67 × 109 C = 6.67 nC Therefore, the net charge on the sphere is 6.67 nC.

Question 22.

A uniformly charged conducting sphere of 2.4 m diameter has a surface charge density of 80.0 μC/m2.

. (a) Find the charge on the sphere.

(b) What is the total electric flux leaving the surface of the sphere?

• Diameter of the sphere, d = 2.4 m

Radius of the sphere, r = 1.2 m

Surface charge density, σ = 80.0 μC/m2 = 80 × 10−6 C/m2

Total charge on the surface of the sphere,

Q = Charge density × Surface area

= (σ × 4πr2) = (80 × 10−6 × 4 × 3.14 × (1.2)2) = 1.447 × 10−3 C

Therefore, the charge on the sphere is 1.447 × 10−3 C.

(b) Total electric flux (φTotal) leaving out the surface of a sphere containing net charge Q is given by the relation,

φTotal =(Q/ε0)

Where,

ε0 = Permittivity of free space = 8.854 × 10−12 N−1C2 m−2

Q = 1.447 × 10−3 C

∴ φTotal = (1.447 × 10−3)/(8.854 × 10−12) = 1.63 × 108 N C−1 m2

Therefore, the total electric flux leaving the surface of the sphere is 1.63 × 108 N C−1 m2

Question 23.

An infinite line charge produces a field of 9 × 104 N/C at a distance of 2 cm. Calculate the linear charge density.

Electric field produced by the infinite line charges at a distance d having linear charge density λ is given by the relation,

E = (λ)/ (2πε0d)

⇒ λ = (2πε0dE)

Where, d = 2 cm = 0.02 m

E = 9 × 104 N/C

ε0 = Permittivity of free space and (1/4πε0) = 9 × 109 Nm2C−2

Therefore, λ = (0.02 × 9 × 104)/ (2 × 9 × 109)

= (10) μC/m

Therefore, the linear charge density is (10) μC/m.

Question 24.

Two large, thin metal plates are parallel and close to each other. On their inner faces, the plates have surface charge densities of

opposite signs and of magnitude 17.0 × 10–22 C/m2.

What is E: (a) in the outer region of the first plate, (b) in the outer region of the second plate,

and (c) between the plates?

Consider the figure:

A and B are two parallel plates close to each other. Outer region of plate A is labelled as I, outer region of plate B is labelled as III,

and the region between the plates, A and B, is labelled as II.

Charge density of plate A, σ = 17.0 × 10−22 C/m2

Charge density of plate B, σ = −17.0 × 10−22 C/m2

In the regions, I and III, electric field E is zero. This is because charge is not enclosed by the respective plates.

Electric field E in region II is given by the relation,

E = (σ/ε0)

Where,

ε0 = Permittivity of free space = 8.854 × 10−12 N−1C2 m−2

E = (17.0 × 10−22)/ (8.854 × 10−12)

= 1.92 × 10−10 N/C

Therefore, electric field between the plates is 1. 92 × 10−10 N/C