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Homework Help: Finding Electric Flux

  1. Jan 23, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    "Given a constant electric field E = E(subscript 0)(1 / square root of 2 i + 1 / square root of 2 k), find the electric flux through a circular disk of radius a lying flat in the x-y plane. Orient the disk so that the positive direction is toward positive z.

    2. Relevant equations

    The most relevant equation to this problem is Eflux = integral of E dot dA.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I've completely finished a solution, but there are many places to make mistakes here, I think, despite what may be a simple problem.

    I said that Eflux = (-E subscript 0) double integral from 0 to a (x and y) of E dot k dx dy. I went on to place 1 / square root of 2 into the integral, but only once for the k and not the i component. Would this be correct? I then integrated with respect to x and got (1 / square root of 2)x dy. Integrating again, I think I get (1 / square root of 2)a^2. Note that i replaced x with a there. I'm unsure if I did my double integral correctly...I'm only beginning Calculus 3 now, and it wasn't a prerequisite for Physics. Oh well.

    When all is said and done, I get -E(subscript 0) a^2 / square root of 2.

    Is my answer close? I presumed that E is negative because the disk was in the positive Z direction. I apologize for the fact that I'm unable to upload images of my work. Any help would be very much appreciated!
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  3. Jan 23, 2007 #2


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    Is the field is uniform?

    if no then think of integration.

    if yes, no need of integration simply write field and the area as vectors and perform dot product of them.
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