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An Elementary Treatise on Electricity by James Clerk Maxwell

By James Clerk Maxwell

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Instruments in which we wish to Those in which there is test, pendent of that to be tested are called Heterostatic. are inde- electrification In an idiostatic instrument, like the gold-leaf electroscope, the indications whether the potential to be tested is positive or negative, and the amount of the indication is, when very small, In a heteronearly as the square of the difference of potential. static instrument, like the quadrant electrometer, the indication are the same, to the one side or to the other, as the potential is positive or negative, and the amount of the indication is proportional to the is and not to the square of that difference.

Be affected. 18 A BODY COMPLETELY. TO DISCHARGE [19. EXPERIMENT VIII. When an electrified body is the total electrification and hung up within a closed metallic of the inner surface of the vessel is vessel, equal opposite to that of the lody. ] After hanging the body within the vessel, discharge the external electrification of the vessel, and hang up the whole within a larger vessel connected with the electroscope. no will indicate electrification, and will The electroscope remain unaffected even the electrified body be taken out of the smaller vessel and moved about within the larger vessel.

Connected with each other that we are are so however, intimately led to infer that all other electrical phenomena may be regarded composed of as parts, each part being due to a corresponding part of the electrification. Thus if a body A, electrified in a definite manner, would produce a given potential, P, at a given point of the field, and if a body, B, also electrified in a definite manner, would produce a potential, Q, at the same point of the field, then when both bodies, still elecintroduced simultaneously into their former the field, Q.

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