# Electric Potential (V)

Electric field intensity  can be calculated by using either Coulomb’s law/Gauss’s law . when the charge distribution is symmetric another way of obtaining  is from the electric scalar potential V

Assume a test charge  at A in an Electric field, let points A and B are located at  units from the origin O,from Coulomb’s law the force acting on a test charge  is

The work done in moving a point charge  along a differential length  is  is given by

so the total work done in moving a point charge  from A to B is

the direction of work done is always opposite to the direction of displacement.

where A is the initial point and B is the final point. Dividing the work done by the charge  gives the potential energy per unit charge denoted by ,this is also known as potential difference between  the two points A and B.

Thus

if we take B as initial point and A as final point , then

To derive the expression for V in terms of charge Q and distance r , we can use the concept of Electric field intensity  produced by a charge Q, which is placed at a distance r

i.e,

from Equation(1)

since

similarly,

where  and  are the scalar potentials at the points A and B respectively. If A is  located at  with respect to origin ,with zero potential  and B is located at a distance r with respect to origin. then the work done in moving a charge from  A (infinity) to B is given by

here

volts.

hence the potential at any point is the potential difference between that point and a chosen point at which the potential is zero. In other words assuming Zero potential at infinity .

The potential at a distance r from a point charge is the work done per unit charge by an external agent in transferring a test charge from infinity to that point.

i.e,

So a point charge  located at a point P with position vector  then the potential at another point Q with a position vector  is

As like  superposition principle is applicable to V also that is for n point charges  located at points with position vectors

then the potential at  is     (No Ratings Yet) Loading...