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Homework Help: Field due to a line of charge

  1. Sep 26, 2010 #1
    Hi guys,
    I have got stuck understanding the following problem.
    # A straight wire of length L has a uniformly distributed charge Q. Find the electric field on the axis of the wire a distance z from the center of the wire for the cases
    (a) z> L/2
    (b) -L/2<z<L/2
    To begin with, I think they are asking to find the field along the perpendicular bisector of the wire. Also, there are 2 cases to considered. But I don't see much difference between them. Both mean points close to the wire. Have I understood it wrongly? Could anyone clarify it.
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 27, 2010 #2
    I suppose the best way to find out whether they are different cases is to evaluate the general case.
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