Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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Chapter 17 - Electric Potential - Questions - Page 494: 8


No, two equipotential lines cannot cross.

Work Step by Step

If they crossed, the intersection point would have two different values for the electric potential, which makes no sense. This would be analogous to the crossing of contour lines on a topographic map, which doesn’t happen because points on Earth’s surface have just one elevation above sea level.
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