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Electric potential at point x on the axis of a ring of charge density eta 
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Oct2110, 09:55 AM

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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A circular disk of radius R and total charge Q has the charge distributed with surface charge density [tex]\eta[/tex] = cr, where c is a constant. Find an expression for the electric potential at distance z on the axis of the disk. Your expression should include R and Q, but not c. 2. Relevant equations [tex]\eta[/tex]=cr where c is constant V=(1/4pi[tex]\epsilon[/tex])(Q/r) V=[tex]\Sigma[/tex]V_{i} 3. The attempt at a solution So what I did was to sum all V_{i} and i was able to pull (1/4pi[tex]\epsilon[/tex]) and (1/sqrt(z^2+R^2) out which leaves me with Q left in the sum which I know i need to relate to [tex]\eta[/tex] in some way. The problem I'm having here is that I just don't understand how to work with [tex]\eta[/tex]=cr in such a way as to get rid of the constant c in my answer. I feel like I'm not grasping this problem as a whole so any help would be wonderful. Thanks! 


#2
Oct2210, 01:18 AM

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To eliminate c, since \eta = cr, you can integrate the charge density over the disk to compute the total charge, Q. This should give you c in terms of Q and R.



#3
Oct2210, 07:24 AM

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Nice! Thanks so much!



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