1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Electrostatics Question

  1. Jan 6, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Any ideas on the way to approach them problems would be appreciated really.

    2. Relevant equations

    Assuming it has something to do with ∇.E=ρ/ε or ∫E.ds=Q/ε to see if the divergence of the E fields given satisfy them conditions, if not use ∇xE=-dB/dt or ∫E.dl=-d/dt∫(Bds)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    no idea how to approach it.
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 6, 2014 #2
    You are on the right way track with
    [itex]\vec{\nabla}\times\vec{E} =-\frac{\partial\vec{B}}{\partial t}[/itex]
    For an electrostatic configuration there are no moving charges and hence no magnetic field. Knowing this, what will this equation become then?
  4. Jan 6, 2014 #3
    So for that equation in an electrostatic field ∇xE=0, and that would be the way to determine if it's electrostatic or not?
    If it's electrostatic would you then use Gauss' law ∇.E=ρ/ε to find the charge density that creates this field.

    If it's not electrostatic would the non zero result found for ∇xE= -dB/dt, so integrate with respect to time to determine the magnetic field that causes the electric field?
  5. Jan 6, 2014 #4

    rude man

    User Avatar
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member

    How about del dot D = rho?
    (D = epsilon E).
  6. Jan 6, 2014 #5
    That's how we'd find the charge density Rho isn't it? But that's only part of the question, it was how to know if it was an electrostatic field that was annoying me
  7. Jan 6, 2014 #6

    rude man

    User Avatar
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member

    OK, I guess I assumed E0 was a constant. Then E is not a function of time and so must be electrostatic if it obeys the Poisson equation. Same for part c.

    If E0 can be time-varying then it's more complicated.
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted

Similar Discussions: Electrostatics Question
  1. ElectroStatic Question (Replies: 5)