Electric potential of a conducting sphere

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Homework Statement



A 5.5 cm radius conducting sphere is charged until the electric field just outside its surface is 1667 V/m. What is the electric potential of this sphere, relative to infinity?

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V = - integral ( E (dot) dl )

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They only way I can think of going about this makes the potential directly related to the distance from the sphere, I know this is wrong because that would make the potential at an infinite distance go to -infinity. I am aware that for a charged sphere the potential at infinity must be 0. Is there some step I am missing that would make this field inversely proportional to the distance? I have been stuck on this one for awhile now and am not progressing...
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Start by applying Gauss's law to calculate the electric field in the region outside the sphere.
 

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