(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Two infinite-plane non-conducting, thin sheets of uniform surface charge p1 = 13.35 uC/m2 and p2 = -8.65 uC/m2) are parallel to each other and d = 0.245 m apart. (As shown in the diagram below.) What is the electric field between the sheets? (Note: the field is positive if it is parallel to the vector x).

2. Relevant equations

Sigma/2*epsilon_not

Epsilon not = 8.85e-12 (SI Units)

3. The attempt at a solution

The distance between the sheets should not matter in calculating the E-field between them because the E-field between them is uniform. We are given two sigmas and since the net charge on the field is toward the negative plane we just sum the two over 2*epsilon_not, and Epsilon not is a constant.

sigma1=13.35e-6 C/m^2

sigma2=-8.65e-6 C/m^2

(sigma1 + sigma2)/(2*epsilon_not) = E-field

(13.35e-6 + 8.65e-6)/(2*epsilon_not) = 1.2e6 N/C

Than since the E-field is perpendicular to the planes, but pointing in the opposite direction of positive X the answer becomes negative.

Answer: -1.2e6 N/C (unfortunately I tried this and did not get the problem right)

What did I get wrong?

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# Finding the E-field between two infinite plane charged sheets

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