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Homework Help: Electrostatic Potential Problems

  1. May 26, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I'm currently tackling parts (a) and (b) of section ii) decribed here:http://puu.sh/31KIZ.png [Broken]

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    From the first section (i) calculating the potential was relatively straight forward since we were only considering a plane. In part (a) however it just asks me for the potential outside the sphere, and I'm unsure how to calculate this since I can't seem to figure out how to determine the potential at any single point due to either charge (especially since I can't work out the distance between them). Though section (b) also seems puzzling to me, I'm guessing that solving part (a) will aid me in figuring it out.
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  3. May 27, 2013 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    ... you already know an equation for the potential due to a point charge don't you?
    The point of the method of images is to replace the distributed charges on the conductor with a single charge and no conductor.

    Part b requires you to find what Q has to be - so you only need the potential in general for part a.
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