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Sep111, 10:06 PM

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[QUOTE=bionut;3480950]1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
As part of the optics in a prototype scanning electron microscope, you have a uniform circular ring of charge Q=6.10 microCoulombs and radius R=1.30 cm located in the xy plane, centered on the origin as shown in the figure. What is the magnitude of the electric field, E at point P located at z=4.00 cm ? 2. Relevant equations E=kQ/(r^2) 3. The attempt at a solution dE=kdQ/(r^2)=kdQ/(sqrt(h^2+r^2))=∫(k/4.206)dQ =2.14*10^9 Q Now, I'm not sure I've made it thus far correctly, so if I've gone wrong, please let me know. Either way, I have no idea what my limits of integration would be for this, so I'm pretty much stuck here. 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution 


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Sep211, 12:39 AM

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I kind of follow your work, but I'm afraid I don't see the complete equation needed, so I will go ahead and derive it for you.
Alrighty, here's a little picture to help us out. Let's keep this in mind throughout the whole problem. We know by symmetry that the electric field due to the ring at point P is going to be straight up in the Z direction. In the picture, I have the electric field element [itex]\begin{equation} dE \end{equation}[/itex] due to a charge element [itex]\begin{equation} dq \end{equation}[/itex]. Let us define that charge element. Because we have a ring, it will have a linear charge density (charge per unit length), [itex]\lambda = Q/l = Q/2\pi R[/itex], where L (lower case in the equation) is the circumference of the ring, it's length. Let's look at another picture for substitution reasons: This picture shows us that [itex]\begin{equation} dl=Rd\theta \end{equation}[/itex]. So now we can say (using the equations above) [itex]\begin{equation} dq=\lambda dl = \frac{Q}{2\pi R} Rd\theta = \frac{Q}{2\pi} d\theta \end{equation}[/itex] Let's not forget any of this as we move on! We know from the equation of an electric field that [itex]\begin{equation} dE = k \frac{dq}{r^2} \end{equation}[/itex]. Where [itex]\begin{equation} r=\sqrt{R^2+x^2}\end{equation}[/itex]  from the first picture. Like said before, we know that the electric field is going to be vertically up in the Z direction, so we want to find the electric field straight up ([itex]dE_z[/itex]) due to our charge element, we can use trig from our first picture to say this: [itex]dE_z = dE \cos{\theta}[/itex] And we know from our first picture again that [itex]\cos{\theta} = R/r[/itex] Now let's do some substitution using A LOT of what we have done before: [itex]dE_z = dE\cos{\theta}[/itex] [itex]dE_z = k \frac{dq}{r^2} \frac{x}{r}[/itex] [itex]dE_z = k \frac{Q/(2\pi)}{x^2+R^2} \frac{x}{\sqrt{x^2+R^2}} d\theta[/itex] [itex]\int dE_z = \frac{k}{2\pi} \frac{Qx}{(x^2+R^2)^{3/2}} \int_{0}^{2\pi} d\theta[/itex] < integrating from 0 to 2pi (the whole ring) = 2*pi And now we have our solution: [itex] E_z = \frac{kQx}{(x^2+R^2)^{3/2}} [/itex] Now all you do is plug your numbers in By the way this is not the only way to reach this solution, just the way I was taught. If you google "electric field due to a ring of charge"  you may find some other ways 


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Sep211, 09:40 PM

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Thanks for the great explanation, I got it!



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