electric potential

Also called potential. Electricity. (at any point in an electric field) the work done per unit charge in moving an infinitesimal point charge from a common reference point to the given point. Symbol: V
Physiology, action potential.


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electric potential
a.  the work required to transfer a unit positive electric charge from an infinite distance to a given point against an electric field
 b.  V, φ, Sometimes shortened to: potential the potential difference between the point and some other reference point

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electric potential  
A measure of the work required by an electric field to move electric charges. Its unit is the volt. Also called voltage. See more at Ohm's law.
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Key features of the simulation tool include profiles of electric potential, electric field, and carrier concentrations.
The speed of an electricity really means the speed at which a wave of electric potential goes down a transmission line.
At the sensor antenna the signal creates an electric potential and generates an electromagnetic field.
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