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Homework Help: Electric field of a dipole at an offset point

  1. Jan 24, 2016 #1

    cj

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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

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    2. Relevant equations
    I can't use voltage, nor polar coordinates (got to stick with cartesian).
    Cartesian vector form of Coulomb's Law

    3. The attempt at a solution

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  3. Jan 24, 2016 #2

    haruspex

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    [ Items related to the initial post's original format removed by moderator ] ....

    However, your handwriting and images are fairly clear, and you have taken the trouble to number all of your equations, which helps enormously, so I will answer.

    It asks for two specific cases, a point on the x axis and a point on the y axis. You do not need to work with P in general position.
    In your equations (3) and (5), compare the signs on the ##\hat j## terms.
     
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  4. Jan 24, 2016 #3

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    Thank you. I appreciate your feedback. It, does, though, not help at all. What I provided is many steps beyond the scope of your suggestion, and focuses on how to handle the binomial version of the denominator, and how to process it. Again, thanks anyway.
     
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  5. Jan 24, 2016 #4

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    Then you have not paid proper attention to my final comment:
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  6. Jan 24, 2016 #5

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    I did; I suspect you didn't read my post in its entirety - or you simply are stumped. I'd follow up with clarifying comments - but there's a ton in my post already.
     
  7. Jan 24, 2016 #6

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    Which post? Your original images or something since? I still don't see anywhere that you admit to having a sign wrong in equation 5.
     
  8. Jan 24, 2016 #7

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    That was a typo: but it's the x-hat term in Eq. 5 (I prematurely assigned a "-" sign to reflect the -x direction of E-; but didn't carry it through).

    I disagree; the j-hat terms are indeed correct as written (this has been widely confirmed, and is a moot point).
     
  9. Jan 24, 2016 #8

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    Humour me: plug x=0 into equations 3 and 5, and consider y>>a. What do you notice?
     
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