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E field of sphere

  1. Sep 5, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A nonconducting solid sphere of radius (R) .1m has uniform volume charge density (2*10^-6 C/m^3 was calculated and verified accurate). Find the magnitude of the e field at a distance (r) .05m from the sphere's center.

    2. Relevant equations3. The attempt at a solution
    flux=E*4*pi*r^2 = Q/Eo
    I calculated Q by multiplying the volume charge density by its volume (4/3)*pi*(.1^3) which got me 8.38e-9 C.

    I solved for E=Q/(Eo * 4 * pi * r^2) which got me 30000 N/C. But that answer was 470 N/C. What did i do wrong?
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 6, 2011 #2
    you have to use the electric field inside the sphere since r=0.05 m is less than the radius
    R= 0.1 m. Electric field inside the sphere at a distance r from the center is

    [tex]E(r)=\frac{1}{4\pi \epsilon_o}\;\frac{Q}{R^3}\;\; r[/tex]

    where Q is the total charge

    reference:http://www.phys.uri.edu/~gerhard/PHY204/tsl56.pdf
     
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