Electrostatics Quiz

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What is the branch of physics that studies slow-moving or stationary electric charges?

Electrostatics

What law describes the electrostatic force of attraction or repulsion between two point charges?

Coulomb's law

What is the Greek word for amber, which was the source of the word 'electricity'?

Ἤλεκτρον (ḗlektron)

At what scale do electrostatic forces play a large role?

Microscopic scale

What is the magnitude of the electrostatic force between two point charges proportional to, according to Coulomb's law?

The square of the distance between them

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Electrostatics

  • Electrostatics is the branch of physics that studies slow-moving or stationary electric charges.

Coulomb's Law

  • Coulomb's Law describes the electrostatic force of attraction or repulsion between two point charges.

Origin of the Word "Electricity"

  • The word "electricity" originates from the Greek word "ēlektron", meaning amber.

Electrostatic Forces

  • Electrostatic forces play a significant role at the atomic and molecular scale.

Coulomb's Law Formula

  • The magnitude of the electrostatic force between two point charges is proportional to the product of the magnitudes of the charges and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them, according to Coulomb's Law.

Test your knowledge of electrostatics, the branch of physics that studies stationary electric charges and the forces they exert on each other. Learn about Coulomb's law and examples of electrostatic phenomena.

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