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What is the difference between electric potential and electrostatic potential energy?

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What is the difference between electric potential and electrostatic potential energy?

Electrostatic force

An electrostatic force or Columb's force is a force exerted on a charge due to the presence of an electric field. The force could be attractive or repulsive depending on the source charge and the test charge or the charge that is experiencing the force.

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Actually, there's no difference between electrical potential energy and electrostatic potential energy.


Both are the same, they're the work done on a charge by the force exerted due to the electric field of a charge (could be stationary or moving.)


Both have the same unit, and if you get the gradient of the potential (any of the two), it will result in the electric or electrostatic force.


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