Facts about Electrostatics


  1. The Branch of Engineering which deals with the Static Charges is called electrostatics.
  2. It is generally used while designing and studying Lightening Rods and Capacitors.
  3. When a particular body is rubbed with another body, Electric Charge is produced.
  4. Electric field strength or Electric Intensity, E = F/Q1 (in Newton/Coulomb)
  5. The total number of lines of force emanating from a certain charge is called Electric Flux.
  6. Electric flux paths emanate from +ve electric charges and terminate on equal & opposite -ve charges. 
  7. Electric flux Ψ is measured in coulomb.
  8. εE is called electric flux density or displacement, designated by symbol D. It is measured at right angles to the direction of electric field in coulomb per square per meter.
  9. The practical unit of Potential is Volts. In the SI system, Joule/coulomb or watt/ampere.
  10. Potential Gradient is defined as the rate of change of potentials with distance. potential gradient is equal to electrical intensity in magnitude but with a negative sign. g = dV/dx
  11. Any two metal plates between which an electric field can be maintained, constitute a capacitor.
  12. Charge Q on each plate is directly proportional to a potential difference between two plates.
  13. Capacitor or Condenser (ε is permittivity). Some important type of capacitors is Mica Capacitor, Paper Capacitor, Ceramic Capacitor and Electrolyte Capacitor.
  14. The work done in bringing a charge dq to the plate of a capacitor is given by: dw = v dq
  15. Charging current: i = C dv/dt
  16. Time Constant of charging circuit may be defined as the time taken for the voltage across the capacitor to rise to 0.632 of its final value.


V N Mittle and Arvind Mittal, "Basic Electrical Engineering," TATA McGRAW Hill, Tenth Reprint, 2009.


Paramjeet Singh Jamwal worked as a Lecturer in Electronics and Communication Engineering Department of Guru Nanak Education Trust (GNET) Group of Institutions, Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India (2011-2013).

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