# PHYS 212 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Bmw 1 Series, Field Line, Electric Flux

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University of Illinois
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Physics
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PHYS 212
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PHYS 212- Spring 2014
Exam #1- Review Sheet
Questions & Corrections: Hassan Shapourian (hassan88@illinois.edu)
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General tip
Be careful about units in Electromagnetism. Often prefixes are used as there are small or large quantities.
Always convert prefixes back to the base unit before using them mathematically. Sometimes you can find
the correct choice by checking the signs/dimensions/limiting behavior.
Vectors
Vectors are shown by arrows. The length of arrow is proportional to the magnitude of vector. Vectors can be
projected into their components
Coulomb’s Law
The electric force between two point charges and is given by
Note that this has a similar form to the gravitation force between two masses, however, it can be either repulsive or
attractive (like charges repel, unlike charges attract each other).
Use superposition principle to compute the net force on charge q due to , , ….
Be careful here, you are adding vectors!
Electric Field
The electric field summarizes the influence of a collection of charges on any “test charge” q that we place in their
vicinity.
And for the example above it is going to be
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PHYS 212- Spring 2014
Exam #1- Review Sheet
Questions & Corrections: Hassan Shapourian (hassan88@illinois.edu)
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Notice that electric field is a property that we assign to the space surrounding a collection of charges. So, it doesn’t
depend on the test charge. Electric field is a vector field denoted by
; i.e. it has magnitude and direction at every
point of the space.
Electric field lines: a graphical representation of
 following these rules
Field lines originate from positive charges and end on negative charges
Field lines are continuous and never cross (except at the position of point charges)
The number of field lines connected to a charge is proportional to that charge’s magnitude.
Important result of field lines representation:
The electric field is stronger where the field lines are denser.
Note that what matters is the density of field lines, being on a field line itself doesn’t imply a stronger field!
Mechanical Equilibrium
A system is said to be in equilbirum where the net forcce on it vanishes. There are three types of equilibria:
Stable equilibrium: in this situation, once the system is slightly disturbed from equilibrium point, it
experiences a restoring force and meets the equilibrium point periodically. Generally, this case can be
demonstrated by a potential energy and force as in
Unstable equilibrium: here, if the system is disturbed, it moves away from the equilibrium point. Not
only is there no restoring force, but also the force tends to push the particle away.
Indifferent equilibrium: the system is indifferent to any perturbation.
The fastest way to determine the type of equilibrium is to displace the particle from it equilibirum position and find
the dominant force.
Gauss’ Law
Electric flux: the total field strength passing through a given surface. In a fluidic system, it would be net amount
of fluid passing through a surface per unit time.
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