# Coulomb - History, Coulomb's Law, Applications, Electrolytic Cells

A coulomb (abbreviation: C) is the standard unit of charge in the **metric system**. It was named after the French physicist Charles A. de Coulomb (1736-1806) who formulated the law of electrical **force** that now carries his name.

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By the early 1700s, Sir Isaac Newton's law of gravitational force had been widely accepted by the scientific community, which realized the vast array of problems to which it could be applied. During the period 1760-1780, scientists began to search for a comparable law that would describe the force between two electrically charged bodies. Many assumed that such a law would follow the general…

Coulomb's law applies whether the two bodies in question have similar or opposite charges. The only difference is one of sign. If a positive value of F is taken as a force of attraction, then a negative value of F must be a force of repulsion. …

Coulomb's law is absolutely fundamental, of course, to any student of electrical phenomena in physics. However, it is just as important in understanding and interpreting many kinds of chemical phenomena. For example, an atom is, in one respect, nothing other than a collection of electrical charges, positively charged protons, and negatively charged electrons. Coulombic forces exist among th…

The coulomb (as a unit) can be thought of in another way, as given by the following equation: 1 coulomb = 1 ampere X 1 second. The ampere (amp) is the metric unit used for the measurement of electrical current. Most people know that electrical appliances in their home operate on a certain number of "amps." The ampere is defined as the flow of electrical charge per second of time. Th…

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