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B ELECTRIC CHARGE AND FIELDS

  1. Dec 10, 2016 #1
    In case of wire(having uniform linear charge density), without assuming the wire infinite long, why we can't take electric field perpendicular to the curved part of the cylindrical Gaussian surface?
     
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  3. Dec 10, 2016 #2

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    Hello hek, :welcome:

    There's also field lines going in the direction along the cylinder (except in the symmetry plane perpendicular to the axis).

    From very far away such a wire should look like a point charge and have the corresponding field. Only close by, the difference between infinitely long and just long is minimal.
     
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