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Electric Field inside a charged ring

  1. Feb 14, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Given a charged ring in 2-d, what is the e-field inside the ring?

    2. Relevant equations
    Epoint = kq/r^2

    3. The attempt at a solution
    This isn't a homework question, but more of a problem I keep running into whenever I think about it. I assumed it was 0. I came to this conclusion because the gradient of potential is electric field, and potential within a ring is constant, therefore electric field is 0.
     
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  3. Feb 14, 2016 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    You can check by considering that the electric field is a vector... the field dead center is easy, you are wondering about off-center right?
     
  4. Feb 14, 2016 #3
    Yea I am, I tried integrating and it got really messy, I assumed I was doing something wrong and instead assumed that potential is constant and hence e field is 0.
     
  5. Feb 14, 2016 #4

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    You "assumed" the potential was constant?
    Didn't you calculate it?

    Trying to do the vector calculus is nasty - try exploiting the line of symmetry through the center of the ring and the point you want to find the field for ... if you integrate equal angles either side of that line for a short arc, you should be able to find another similar arc on the opposite side that will integrate to equal and opposite field.
     
  6. Feb 15, 2016 #5

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    If you show what you did, perhaps we can help ?
     
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