A Potentially Electric Question
October 3, 2013 2:40 PM Subscribe
What is "electric potential"? I've dug through the internet, gone to tutoring, asked my teacher, and nothing has helped.
posted by runcibleshaw to Science & Nature (26 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I know that it's the potential energy per unit charge. I've read some semi-helpful explanations making an analogy to gravity and gravitational potential energy (which I have no problem with), but it breaks down for me when potential equals zero equidistant between two equal, but opposite, charges. How can this be? I'd assume the potential would double. Any helpful hints on how to think about potential and what it means?