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Homework Help: Electric field at a point charge

  1. Jan 25, 2012 #1
    I had a question (very similar to this) for homework a few days ago, which was basically: In which arrangement will the electric field at the leftmost point be largest and in which will it be the smallest?


    A.
    (+)-------(+)


    B.
    --------(+)-------(+)


    or


    C.
    ----(+)---(+)

    I assumed it would be A since the point charge is AT the leftmost point, and through the method that acts like there is a positive charge at a point to estimate the direction and magnitude of the electric field, I got the magnitude of the electric field at that point to be infinite since it is at the same point as the charge. (r2 in denominator becomes zero) What am I doing wrong?
     
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  3. Jan 25, 2012 #2
    You didn't do anything wrong, as you move infinitely close to a charge the electric field goes to infinity.
     
  4. Jan 25, 2012 #3
    point charge
     
  5. Jan 26, 2012 #4
    Thanks for the feedback, VERY much appreciated! Wish me luck as I go try to argue for some points back on my homework then. It's usually pretty difficult to argue physics with a guy who has a Ph.D. in the subject though...and actually knows what he's talking about :|
     
  6. Jan 26, 2012 #5
    Go got it. I was so renown for arguing for points, once my professor gave me some I didn't even deserve. But then he had ripped me off on the last test so we were even.
     
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