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Electric field due to a line of charge: HELP

  1. Aug 30, 2009 #1
    Electric field due to a line of charge: HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Positive charge q = 7.81 X 10^-12 C is spread uniformly along a thing nonconducting rod of length L = 14.5 cm or .145 m. What are (a) magnitude and (b) direction (relative to the postive direction of the x axis) of the electric field produce at point P, at distance R = .06 m from the rod along its perpendicular bisector?


    2. Relevant equations
    E = k * (q/(r^2))

    dq = lamda * dx

    replace q with dq









    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. Aug 31, 2009 #2
    Re: Electric field due to a line of charge: HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Use symmetry and integration to solve. Try drawing the line charge along the y axis, pick a point on the line charge, dq, and express dE at a point P along the x axis created by dq.
     
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