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Finding electrostatic potential from charge distribution

  1. Nov 12, 2014 #1
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    Attempt I am not sure how to write the |r-r'| in a way that allows me to actually solve the integral. I have tried writing |r-r'| in spherical co ords, but all I seem to be able to get is this as the separation distance, which seems impossible to integrate. Any help on whether I have gone about the problem the wrong way, or a way to write |r-r'| in a more manageable form would be very much appreciated
     
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  3. Nov 12, 2014 #2

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    Are you required to first find the potential using the formula you gave? Or, are you allowed to find E using some other equation (or law)?
     
  4. Nov 12, 2014 #3
    No, perhaps I could do it just using Gauss' law instead, might be easier
     
  5. Nov 12, 2014 #4

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    Yes, give it a try.
     
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