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zimo
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Jun13-11, 02:22 PM
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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

The charge is distributed with uniform
surface density σ on the disk of radius R. Find the potential
at the axis of the disk.

2. Relevant equations

Coulomb's law and the definition of a electric potential at point x

3. The attempt at a solution

I have a solution in front of me but can't understand some step inside it:

The potential can be defined now

phi(x)= (1/4pi*epsilon0)Integral[(sigma(x')/|x-x'|)dS'] and the solution for the integral from 0 to R is:

(sigma/2*epsilon0)(sqrt(x^2+R^2)-z)

Now, the electric field at this point is:

E(z)=(sigma/2*epsilon0)(1-(z/sqrt(z^2+R^2))

I can clearly follow until now, but then the book says that for z>>R we get

E=Q/(4pi*epsilon0*z)

where Q is the total charge of the disc.

How can it be proportional to 1/z?? when I take z>>R - I get E(z)=0...
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