Electric Charge
What is electric charge?
Electric charge generates electric field. The electric charge influence other electric charges with electric force and influenced by the other charges with the same force in the opposite direction.
There are 2 types of electric charge:
Positive charge (+)
Positive charge has more protons than electrons (Np>Ne).
Positive charge is denoted with plus (+) sign.
The positive charge attracts other negative charges and repels other positive charges.
The positive charge is attracted by other negative charges and repelled by other positive charges.
Negative charge (-)
Negative charge has more electrons than protons (Ne>Np).
Negative charge is denoted with minus (-) sign.
Negative charge attracts other positive charges and repels other negative charges.
The negative charge is attracted by other positive charges and repelled by other negative charges.
Electric force (F) direction according to charge type
q1/q2 charges | Force on q_{1} charge | Force on q_{2} charge | |
---|---|---|---|
- / - | ←⊝ | ⊝→ | repletion |
+ / + | ←⊕ | ⊕→ | repletion |
- / + | ⊝→ | ←⊕ | attraction |
+ / - | ⊕→ | ←⊝ | attraction |
Charge of elementary particles
Particle | Charge (C) | Charge (e) |
---|---|---|
Electron | 1.602×10^{-19 }C |
-e |
Proton | 1.602×10^{-19 }C |
+e |
Neutron | 0 C | 0 |
Coulomb unit
The electric charge is measured with the unit of Coulomb [C].
One coulomb has the charge of 6.242×10^{18} electrons:
1C = 6.242×10^{18 }e
Electric charge calculation
When electric current flows for a specified time, we can calculate the charge:
Constant current
Q = I · t
Q is the electric charge, measured in coulombs [C].
I is the current, measured in amperes [A].
t is the time period, measured in seconds [s].
Momentary current
Q is the electric charge, measured in coulombs [C].
i(t) is the momentary current, measured in amperes [A].
t is the time period, measured in seconds [s].