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Homework Help: Calculate E - capacitor question

  1. Aug 20, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Consider a parallel plate capacitor with square plates of side L and distance d<<L apart. The bottom plate lies on the x-y plane, and the distance d is parallel to z. A block of dieletric material can completely fill the space between the plates.

    Consider the dieletric to be composed of two materials glued together, material 1 with dieletric constant epsilon1 and dimensions 0.6L*L*d (in x, y and z directions, respectively) and material 2 with constant epsilon2 and dimensions 0.4L*L*d. The dielectric is free to move as a single block without friction along the x axis, parallel to the plates inside the capacitor, and it can also move outside the capacitor. Let us define as x the distance between the dielectric and the edge of the plates, and we can neglect the electric field outside the plates. Considering that the potential difference between two points a and b is delta V= integral from a to b of E.dl, and that D=epsilon0*epsilon(subscript r)*E, where epsilon(subscript r) is the dielectric constant, calculate the value of the electric field E and of the electric displacement field D in the region between the plates, for the three possible regions where the space is occupied by the material 1, the one with material 2, and the vacuum.

    2. Relevant equations
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  3. Aug 20, 2011 #2
    attempt at solution:

    E=q/(epsilon0 *A)


    = integral from a to b of E.dl /d

    E=-grad V

    but all this seems to be leading nowhere.
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