Tue February 08, 2011 By: Akash Sangwan

why can one ignore quantization of electric charge when dealing with macroscopic charges? An electrostatic field line is a continuous curve. that is a field line cannot have certain breaks. why not? Explain briefly with examples and ray diagrams. 3 marks

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Thu February 10, 2011
In macroscopic or large scale charges, the charges used are huge as compared to the magnitude of electric charge. Hence, quantization of electric charge is of no use on macroscopic scale. Therefore, it is ignored and it is considered that electric charge is continuous.An electrostatic field line is a continuous curve because a charge experiences a continuous force when traced in an electrostatic field.The field cannot have sudden breaks becaus ethe charge moves continuously and does not jump from one point to another.
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