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Homework Help: Electric field in a hemisphere

  1. Apr 22, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Charge Q is distributed uniformly over surface of a hemisphere of radius r. Calculate electric field at centre of curvature of hemisphere.

    2. Relevant equations
    I realise that this should be quite straightforward but I am a bit confused.
    The total charge Q is distributed over surface of hemisphere with surface charge density sigma where
    sigma = Q/(2*PI*r^2)
    I think you would then divide the hemisphere into a series of rings where each ring would carry a charge
    dQ=sigma*2*PI*dr ????

    At the centre of curvature the components of electric field perpendicular to the axis will cancel so you will only have electric field along the axis z.

    Not quite sure where to go from here.

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Apr 22, 2009 #2


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    You're correct in saying that there only is a z-component of the field so express dE_z in terms of dE.

    You also know that dQ=\sigma dA. What is dA in spherical polar coordinates? What are the values of \theta and \phi for half a sphere?
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2009
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