electric potential

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  • The work required to bring a unit charge from a reference point to a specific point within an electric field. The reference point is usually considered to be an infinite distance from the specific point, whose potential is considered to be zero. When 1 joule is required to bring 1 coulomb of charge, the potential is equal to 1 volt. Its symbol is V, and it is expressed in volts. Also called electrostatic potential, or potential.
  • synonymelectrostatic potential
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