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Chapter 22: Electrostatics
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Chapter Objectives:

  • Describe electrical forces between objects.
  • Explain how an object becomes (a) positively charged and (b) negatively charged.
  • Describe Coulomb's law.
  • Distinguish between a conductor and an insulator.
  • Describe how an insulator can be charged by friction and by contact.
  • Describe how a conductor can be charged without contact.
  • Describe how an insulator can be charged by charge polarization.

Chapter Terms:

  • electricity
  • electrostatics
  • conservation of charge
  • coulomb's law
  • couloumb
  • conductor
  • insulator
  • electrically polarized
  • electric field
  • electrid potential energy
  • electric potential
  • capacitor

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Chapter Formulas:

Voltage = electric potential energy/amount of charge



Chapter Outline Framework:

  • Electrical Forces
  • Electric Charges
  • Conservation of charge
  • Coulomg's Law
  • Conductors and Insulators
    • Semiconductors
    • Superconductors
  • Charging
    • Charging by Friction and Contact
    • Charging by Induction
  • Charge Polarization
  • Electric Field
    • Electric Shielding
  • Electric Potential
  • Electric Energy Source
  • Van de Graaff Generator

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