# At what point on the line joining the two charges is the electric potential zero?

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There is a -ve charge -q as shown in the figure. Take the potential to be zero at infinity.

## Where does electric potential equal zero?

For example exactly half way (or otherwise equidistant from them) between two equal and oppositely charged point charges, potential is zero. If you move a particle between any two points of equal potential (zero or not) it doesn’t cost any energy.

## Where along the line between the charges will the potential be zero?

Every field line is crossed at 90 degrees so no work is done moving the charge – so the potential here is the same as at infinity- we call this zero. You define zero potentoial to be a long way (infinity) from any charges. Work is done when you move along a field line.

## Is there ever a point where the potential will be zero?

If you place the -1 C charge 1 cm away from the point then the potential will be zero there. There are two places along the line that will work: 1 cm to the left of the point and 1 cm to the right of the point.

## Is there a point between two equal positive charges where the electric potential is zero?

There is no zero-field point for a pair of equal-magnitude-but-opposite-sign charges. Electric field is zero in that point because the sum of electric field vectors have same intensity and direction, but are opposite. That point is halfway between two like charges.

## How do you find the electric potential between two charges?

Recall that the electric potential is defined as the potential energy per unit charge, i.e. V=PEq V = PE q . The potential difference between two points ΔV is often called the voltage and is given by ΔV=VB−VA=ΔPEq Δ V = V B − V A = Δ PE q . The potential at an infinite distance is often taken to be zero.

## At which point or points is the electric potential zero?

The electric potential from a single charge is defined to be zero an infinite distance from the charge, and the electric potential associated with two charges is also defined to be zero when the charges are infinitely far apart.

## At which point or points is the electric field zero N C for the two point charges?

The electric field is zero somewhere on the x axis to the right of the -2q charge. The electric field is zero somewhere on the x axis between the two charges, but this point is nearer to the -2q charge.

## What is the electric potential between two opposite charges?

Since the charges have equal magnitude and the distance from each to the mid point is the same, the magnitude of the potential energy contributed by each charge is the same, but the signs are opposite, so the net potential energy should be zero.

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## What is the zero potential?

Definition of zero potential

1 : the ideal potential of a point infinitely distant from all electrification. 2 : the actual potential of the surface of the earth taken as a point of reference — compare ground sense 7b.

## Is there a point at a finite distance where the electric potential is zero?

A second particle, with charge −20nC, is on the x axis at x = 500mm. Is there a point at finite distance where the electric potential is zero? (a) Yes; it is to the left of x = 0.

## At which point is the electric potential the greatest?

That’s why physicists use a single positive charge as our imaginary charge to test out the electrical potential at any given point. That way we only have to worry about the amount of charge on the plate, or whatever charged object we’re studying. Let’s say we have a negatively charged plate.