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If a conducting sphere is kept in the path of a diverging electric field, how the lines of force...

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If a conducting sphere is kept in the path of a diverging electric field, how the lines of force will exit from the sphere? If the sphere is non-conductor then what will happen?

Electric Field

Electric field is the space around a point charge or charge distribution where a second point charge will experience an electric force. Electric field is conveniently represented by electric field lines. Electric field lines are ascribed with the following characteristics.

  • Electric field lines are assumed to be originating on a positive charge and ending on a negative charge.
  • Number of field lines is proportional to the strength of the field.
  • No two field lines can never intersect and no closed loops can be formed by electric field lines.
  • Electric field lines are directed from positive to negative charge.
  • The tangent at any point on the field line gives the direction of the electric field at that point.

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Conducting sphere is kept in the path of a diverging electric field.

A diverging electric field is represented by moving away field lines.

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Learn what an electric field is, the types of electric fields, and the concept of electric field strength. Briefly investigate specific examples of the types of electric fields.


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