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Homework Help: Find the period of oscillation of a little charged ring

  1. Apr 27, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Find the period of oscillation, T, of a little charged ring that is free to move along a vertical wire when placed equi-distant between two like charges above and below it. Small displacement only. Treat the “little” ring like a point charge and use the binomial expansion for small “x” to reduce the net force on the ring to a linear Hooke’s law style force.

    2. Relevant equations
    T= 2pi*sqrt(m/k)
    E = k*dq/r^2
    F = ma

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Since there are two charges and a point essentially you can calculate the electric field at a point p on the wire. Afterwards you can use F = ma at the field since F = qE = ma.

    Am, I wrong about my thinking here. I really just want some help setting this up as in how I should start.
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  3. Apr 27, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Also assume the "wire" is an electrically neutral insulator, but it sounds reasonable so far.
    Keep going.
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