# A Small Test Charge is Released at Rest at a Point in an Electrostatic Field Configuration. - Physics

Short Note

A small test charge is released at rest at a point in an electrostatic field configuration. Will it travel along the field line passing through that point?

#### Solution

Yes,

If a small test charge is released at rest at a point in an electrostatic field configuration, then it will travel along the field lines passing through the point, only if the field lines are straight. This is because the field lines give the direction of acceleration and not of velocity.

Concept: Electrical Potential Energy of a System of Two Point Charges and of Electric Dipole in an Electrostatic Field
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#### APPEARS IN

NCERT Physics Part 1 and 2 Class 12
Chapter 2 Electrostatic Potential and Capacitance
Exercise | Q 2.31 (c) | Page 90
NCERT Class 12 Physics Textbook
Chapter 2 Electrostatic Potential and Capacitance
Exercise | Q 31.3 | Page 91

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