# Amplitude of an oscillating electric field

#### DottZakapa

Homework Statement
The amplitude of the oscillating electric field at your cell phone is 4.0 μV/m when you are 10 km east of the broadcast antenna. What is the electric field amplitude when you are 20 km east of the antenna
Homework Equations
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Homework Statement: The amplitude of the oscillating electric field at your cell phone is 4.0 μV/m when you are 10 km east of the broadcast antenna. What is the electric field amplitude when you are 20 km east of the antenna
Homework Equations: electric field

i've done

E=$\frac A {r^\left(2\right)}$

that in this case is $4 \times 10^\left(-6 \right)=\frac A {10000^2}$
i solve for A
$A= 4 \times 10^\left(-6\right) \times 10000^2$
then i divide $A$ by $20000^2$
but i do not get the right result, why?

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#### Doc Al

Mentor
The intensity drops off as $1/r^2$, not the field.

#### DottZakapa

The intensity drops off as $1/r^2$, not the field.
Do i have to look in electromagnetic waves formulas?
$E\left(x,t\right)=E_0sin\left(kx-\omega t \right)$

in the data given there is not power so i cannot divide it by the half sphere surface, in order to get the intensity end from there the amplitude.

#### DottZakapa

ok i got it
I start from this

$I=\frac 1 2 \times \epsilon_0 \times E^2$

$I= \frac P {half \space sphere \space area}$

$P=\frac {4 \times \pi \times r^2} 2 \times I$

in such way i get the power of the wave
dividing it by the half sphere area with radius 20000 meters i get the new average intensity
then

$E=\sqrt { \frac {I \times 2} {\epsilon_0 \times c}}\space$ with $\space c=3\times 10^8$

#### Doc Al

Mentor
No need for any calculation. Since the distance doubles, the intensity drops to 1/4. Since the amplitude of the field is proportional to the square root of the intensity, you can immediately find the new amplitude.

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