Im having trouble following how this is derived: The normal component of the electric field is discontinuous by an amount sigma/epsilon_0 at any boundary (when you cross a continuous surface charge). They talk about taking a little box so that the surface integral E dot da = 1/epsilon_0 * sigma * A (where A is area parallel to surface charge) and making its width perpendicular to the surface charge very small. Somehow they get that this implies E_perpendicualAbove -E_perpendicularBelow = 1/epsilon_0 * sigma. How's this? And also, they go on saying that in cases like the surface of a uniformly charged solid sphere this doesnt apply because there is no surface charge, but I dont get this...what about the edge of the sphere, its still charged. So please any clarification will help, as i have a test tomorrow.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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