# Dipole moment of a cylinder

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1. Nov 10, 2014

### precise

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
I am trying to calculate the dipole moment of a cylinder of volume charge density $\rho_0$ of radius $R$ and height $H$ with is center coinciding with the origin. My guess is that it should be 0 because of the symmetry but I am not able to show it. Below is my calculation attempt. Thanks for any help.

2. Relevant equations
$$P=\int_V \vec r \rho(\vec r)d\tau$$
3. The attempt at a solution
$$P=\int_V \vec r \rho(\vec r)d\tau = \rho_0 \int_0^R \int_0^{2\pi} \int_{-H/2}^{H/2} (r e_{\hat r} + ze_{\hat z}) rdrd\theta dz = 2\pi \rho_0 (\frac {R^3 H} {3}e_\hat r + 0e_{\hat z})$$

2. Nov 15, 2014

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3. Nov 15, 2014

### TSny

Hello.
Looks like you are treating the unit vector $\hat{e}_r$ as a constant vector in the integration. Does it have the same direction throughout the cylinder?

What is the meaning of $\hat{e}_r$ in your final answer? What direction does this $\hat{e}_r$ point?

Can you express $\hat{e}_r$ at a point in the cylinder in terms of $\hat{e}_x$, $\hat{e}_y$, and $\theta$? Would this help?

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