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Positive charge Q is distributed uniformly along the x-axis from x=0 to x=a. A positive point charge q is located on the positive x-axis at x=a+r, a distance r to the right of the end of Q.

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Calculate the x-component of the electric field produced by the charge distribution Q at points on the positive x-axis where x>a (i.e., r>0) in terms of some or all of the variables k, q, Q, a, and r, where k=\\frac{1}{4\\pi\\epsilon_0}.

3. The attempt at a solution

I'm having a problem visualizing the distance between the charge and the point. I understand that e=KQ/R^2. However, I have no idea how to get R.

I would do: (k*dQ)/(r+a-x)...

(kQ/a) [integral]1/(r+a-x)dx

But I don't think that looks right. Can anyone give me a few pointers?

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# Homework Help: Calculate the x-component of the electric field

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