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Cylindrical Charge distribution with dielectric shell

  1. Feb 27, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A cylindrical distribution of charge ρ = α/sqrt(r) where α = 2 µC/m^(5/2) extends from 0 cm to 9.3 cm (has radius 9.3 cm). Concentric with this is a dielectric shell with k = 5.44 of inner radius 16.6 cm and outer radius 24.9 cm. What is the electric field at 3.53 cm, 12.6 cm, 21.4 cm, and 33 cm? Answer in units of V/m.

    What is the surface charge density on the inner surface of the dielectric?

    2. Relevant equations
    p = α/sqrt(r)
    E dA = Integral( q(enclosed)/Eps )

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I already got the Electric Field at 3.53 cm by integrating through the square root of the radius and multiplying by the charge density (to get 28293 V/m), but at these other points you have to account for the dielectric and I don't know how to treat the cylindrical charge distribution outside the cylinder... anyone have pointers?
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  3. Mar 4, 2015 #2
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  4. Mar 4, 2015 #3


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    The charge is confined in the cylinder of radius 9.3 cm. If r > 9.3 cm you have to integrate up that radius, to get the charge enclosed by the Gaussian surface.
  5. Mar 5, 2015 #4

    rude man

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    Recall that Gauss says ∫D⋅ds over a closed surface s = free q inside that surface, and that D = εE.
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