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Distance independence of electric field strength

  1. Sep 3, 2015 #1
    I was just wondering why the strength of the electric fields of insulating surface charges like sheets and shells aren't dependent on the distance from the charge according to Gauss's Law?
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  4. Sep 4, 2015 #3
    But Gauss's Law does give the equation for the electric field right? I'm trying to find the electric potential near a spherical shell of charge but in order to find that I need to be able to take the line integral with respect to r (the distance), but that would give me (q/epsilon naught)r. And that doesn't seem right.
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