Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 17 - Electric Potential - Questions: 13

Answer

In a uniform electric field, electric potential increases or decreases in a linear fashion for movement in a line. If the electric potential V is constant in some region, then the electric field in that region is zero.

Work Step by Step

If the electric field in a region is uniform, then the electric potential V is increasing (or decreasing) linearly when one moves in a straight line. For example, if the electric field is 10 V/m in the positive x-direction, then if you move in the positive x-direction, the electric potential drops by 10 V for every meter that you move.
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