Coulomb Potential Energy  [ENDORSED]

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Coulomb Potential Energy

Postby vivianndo_1L » Mon May 07, 2018 12:12 am

I'm still a little confused about what Coulomb's Potential Energy is. Could someone please explain its significance and whether or not we need to thoroughly understand it for the midterm?

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Re: Coulomb Potential Energy  [ENDORSED]

Postby Kaleb Tesfaye 1I » Mon May 07, 2018 8:40 am

Coulomb Potential Energy describes the electrostatic force between two charged particles (either protons or electrons) and is represented by the equation ((k)*(Q1*Q2))/R where Q1 is the charge of one particle, Q2 is the charge of another particle, R is the distance between the two particles, and K is a constant. It basically tells you how strong the attraction or repulsion force is between the two particles. (I like to compare it with the force of gravity so i can understand it better). I don't think it will be on the midterm but it doesn't hurt to be familiar with the concept.

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