I posted this to some forum and got response , can somebody explain.

I think that when a charge system is put in a medium then the medium gets induced and exert force on the particle (test charge) thus net force is vector sum of forces by both medium and charge. this way force in particle due to charge should remain unaffected. correct me if I am wrong

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The actual interaction between two charged particles through the exchange of photons which is a carrier of electromagnetic force. Your view is very very classical.

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TopNewestI am confused with respect to this too. Consider this problem:

A. \(F_1>F_2\)

B. \(F_1<F_2\)

C. \(F_1=F_2\)

D. Depends on nature of plastic.

If I remember right, the answer is \(A\)... But I thought it was \(C\), no idea how to explain it.

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The answer must be C the plastic between the doesn't affect the charges since it is neutral.

Have you attended the counseling of IISC Raghav

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no, if it was a dielectric effect will be there, (unless it was negligibly thin) (or sheet was infinitely large)

think about it , the dipoles will align themselves as per electric field which is non uniform in magnitude (let us assume it is made of dipoles)

then, at all intermediate points, the positive and negative ends of adjacent dipoles will cancel each other (overlap) (like two barmagnets joined together) whereas at the boundary on either side, there will be excesss charge (like the poles)

(however, in the capacitor dielectric we deal with , the thing is so large and hence electric field is nearly independent of distance for each charged side \( \frac {\sigma}{\epsilon} \) _

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What if it was a dielectric?

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No, I did not go. They also allowed me to attend in July. But they haven't given any other information. Is that what they told you too?

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