Charge density as a function of r

In summary, charge density as a function of r refers to the distribution of electric charge as a function of distance from a point in space. It is calculated by dividing the total charge by the volume. The electric field is directly proportional to charge density, described by Coulomb's Law. Charge density varies in different materials depending on composition and structure. It is important in electrostatics for predicting electric fields and forces, determining capacitance, and studying conductors, insulators, and semiconductors.
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Homework Statement



Sphere of radius R, Er=ER(r4/R4)
Find the volume charge density (ρr) as a function of r

Homework Equations



Gauss's law

The Attempt at a Solution



I get that dQ=4πr2ρrdr, but have no idea how to solve for ρ
 
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Have you seen the following form of Gauss's Law?

[tex]\nabla\cdot E = \rho/\epsilon_0[/tex]
 
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like kuruman said, its application of gauss's law

Flux = [tex]\oint[/tex]E (dot) dA = q/e

you found q to be 4πr2ρ, but p = Charge / Volume

but 4πr^2 isn't the volume of a sphere
 

Related to Charge density as a function of r

1. What is charge density as a function of r?

Charge density as a function of r refers to the distribution of electric charge, or how the amount of charge is spread out, as a function of distance (r) from a point in space. It is a measure of how much charge is present in a certain volume of space.

2. How is charge density as a function of r calculated?

Charge density as a function of r is calculated by dividing the total amount of charge in a given volume by the volume itself. Mathematically, it is represented as ρ = Q/V, where ρ is the charge density, Q is the total charge, and V is the volume.

3. What is the relationship between charge density and electric field?

The electric field is directly proportional to the charge density. This means that as charge density increases, the strength of the electric field also increases. This relationship is described by Coulomb's Law, which states that the magnitude of the electric field is equal to the charge density divided by the square of the distance (E = ρ/r²).

4. How does charge density vary in different materials?

The charge density in a material depends on its composition and structure. Materials with closely packed atoms, such as metals, tend to have higher charge densities compared to materials with loosely bonded atoms, such as gases. The dielectric constant of a material also affects its charge density, with higher dielectric constants resulting in lower charge densities.

5. Why is charge density as a function of r important in electrostatics?

Charge density as a function of r is important in electrostatics because it helps us understand and predict the behavior of electric fields and the forces between charged particles. It is also crucial in determining the capacitance of a system, which is a measure of its ability to store electric charge. Additionally, charge density plays a key role in the study of conductors, insulators, and semiconductors in electrical engineering and materials science.

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