Representing Electrical Fields Between Charged Parallel Plates


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What direction is the electric field between the two plates shown below?

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1. Two parallel plates, each with an area of 0.5 m2 are 4.0 mm apart. One has a total charge of 4 nC and the other has a total charge of -4 nC. What is the magnitude of the electric field between the plates?

2. A particle with a charge of -5.0 mC enters a region where there is an electric field with a magnitude of 400 N/C directed towards the right. What is the magnitude and direction of the force that will be exerted by the electric field on this particle?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What do you know about electrical fields and charged parallel plates? Figure this out and practice working with them using equations on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can see how much knowledge you possess about:

  • Direction of a positive charge entering the region between two charged parallel plates
  • Finding the electric field created by plates
  • Direction of an electric field between two plates
  • Finding the force on a charge

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on electrical fields and parallel plates
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about finding the force on charges
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about finding the electric field

Additional Learning

Work through the accompanying lesson called Representing Electrical Fields Between Charged Parallel Plates. Some objectives you can complete using this lesson include:

  • Identify the types of charged objects
  • Determine how a uniform electrical field is created
  • Review examples of calculating the electric field between two parallel plates