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Electric field outside conductor

  1. Sep 21, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A long metal pipe of square cross-section is grounded on three sides, while the fourth (which is insulated from the rest) is maintained at constant potential ##V_0##. What is the electric field just outside the section opposite to ##V_0##?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    This problem can possibly be solved by solving the Laplace equation under the given boundary condition. But is there any intuitive solution to this?
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  3. Sep 22, 2016 #2


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    You might want to post some type of drawing. However, I suspect you have a capacitance effect and that is probably your starting point.
  4. Sep 22, 2016 #3
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