Chapter 25: Electrostatic Potential and Energy

Study Plan

With the concept of electrostatic potential energy introduced in this chapter, we can consider such questions as:

  • What is the potential energy of an electron placed near proton? (Example 2, page 795)
  • What is the electrostatic potential energy per unit charge at points outside and inside a charged conducting sphere? (Example 7, page 803)
  • How does knowledge of the electrostatic potential energy enable us to calculate the electric field? (Example 9, page 807)
  • What is the total work required to build up the charge on a conducting sphere? (Example 12, page 813)

Organize

  1. Prepare for lecture by reading the assigned sections from Chapter 25 in your textbook or ebook. This will provide an organizing framework for concepts introduced in lecture, and help you take better notes.
  2. Take the checkup quiz and work the Checkup questions in your textbook to assess your understanding of basic concepts. Take note of any topics you need to review further.
  3. Review the Examples from your textbook. These progress from simple to complex, and provide concrete illustrations of the concepts discussed.
  4. Review the Problem Solving Techniques box on Energy Conservation and Motion of a Point Charge and on Electrostatic Potential and Field from your textbook.

Learn

  1. Re-read Chapter 25 and review your lecture notes.
  2. Access the Online Concept Tutorials given for this chapter. Tutorials use animation and interactive exercises to help develop your understanding of fundamental topics.
    Electrostatic Potential
    Sections: 25.1, 25.2, 25.4
  3. Use the FlashCards to test your memory for new key terms and equations.
  4. Work the end of chapter Problems and Review Problems assigned by your instructor. If your instructor has assigned SmartWork online homework, login from the right navigation pane.

Connect

  1. Throughout the text Physics in Practice boxes explore real-world applications of core concepts in specific detail. In Chapter 25 see:
    Concept in Context Physics in Practice: Electric Shielding
  2. Physics in the News offers additional real-world physics applications, and a daily dose of science-based news.

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