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# Gauss’s Law Quiz

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### What does Gauss’s law for the electric field describe?

The static electric field generated by a distribution of electric charges

### What does a positive electric charge generate according to convention?

A positive electric field

### When was Gauss’s law for the electric field published?

<p>1867</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the electric permittivity of free space denoted as in Gauss’s law?

<p>$extbf{ε}_{0}$</p> Signup and view all the answers

## Study Notes

### Integral Form of Gauss's Law

• States that the electric flux through a closed surface is proportional to the charge enclosed within that surface.
• Mathematically represented as ∮ E ⋅ dA = Q_enc/ε₀, where E is the electric field, dA is the differential area vector, Q_enc is the enclosed charge, and ε₀ is the electric permittivity of free space.

### Gauss's Law for Electric Field

• Describes the relationship between electric charge distribution and the resulting electric field.
• It is particularly useful for calculating electric fields for symmetrical charge distributions.

### Positive Electric Charge Convention

• According to convention, a positive electric charge generates an outward electric field.
• Electric field lines emanate from positive charges and terminate on negative charges, indicating the direction of force on a positive test charge.

### Publication of Gauss's Law

• Gauss's law for the electric field was published in 1835.
• Named after mathematician and physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss, who contributed significantly to the field of electrostatics.

### Electric Permittivity of Free Space

• Denoted as ε₀ in Gauss's law.
• Represents the capability of a vacuum to permit electric field lines and is a fundamental constant in electromagnetism, with a value of approximately 8.85 x 10⁻¹² F/m.

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## Description

Test your understanding of Gauss’s Law for Electric Fields with this quiz. Explore concepts related to the static electric field generated by electric charges and the relationship between electric flux and total electric charge.

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