# Electric field at a point charge

1. Jan 25, 2012

### SchruteBucks

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?

2. Jan 25, 2012

### JHamm

You didn't do anything wrong, as you move infinitely close to a charge the electric field goes to infinity.

3. Jan 25, 2012

### netgypsy

point charge

4. Jan 26, 2012

### SchruteBucks

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 :|

5. Jan 26, 2012

### netgypsy

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.