Department of Pre-University Education, KarnatakaPUC Karnataka Science Class 12

# When the Separation Between Two Charges is Increased, the Electric Potential Energy of the Charges - Physics

MCQ

When the separation between two charges is increased, the electric potential energy of the charges

#### Options

• increases

•  decreases

• remains the same

• may increase or decrease

#### Solution

may increase or decrease

The electric potential energy, E, between the two charges, q1 and q2, separated by the distance, r, is given as E =K(q_1q_2)/r,

Where k = constant

As the distance between the charges is increased, the energy will decrease if both the charges are of similar nature. But if the charges are oppositely charged, the energy will become less negative and, hence, will increase.

Concept: Electric Field - Electric Field Due to a System of Charges
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#### APPEARS IN

HC Verma Class 11, Class 12 Concepts of Physics Vol. 2
Chapter 7 Electric Field and Potential
MCQ | Q 2 | Page 119