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Flux of a cube

  1. Feb 10, 2007 #1
    Electric Flux of a cube

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A point charge of magnitude 9.10 nC is at the center of a cube with sides of length 0.685 m.

    What is the electric flux through each of the six faces of the cube?

    What would be the flux Phi_1 through a face of the cube if its sides were of length 0.250 m?

    2. Relevant equations
    4*pi*Q


    3. The attempt at a solution

    I tried 4*pi*9.10 which equals 411 and it says I'm off by an additive constant

    I know to do part2, the flux must be found for part1 but i'm not sure if i'm applying gauss's law correctly, I know that you can use symmetry to solve these cube problems but I haven't had a decent example of this type of problem and we already have hw on it.
     
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  3. Feb 10, 2007 #2

    Doc Al

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    Hint: What's the total flux through any closed surface that surrounds a charge Q? Once you find the total flux, then use symmetry to find the flux through each side of the cube.
     
  4. Feb 10, 2007 #3
    Is the flux on any surface that surrounds a charge Q => Qenclosed / Eo
     
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  5. Feb 10, 2007 #4

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    Yes it is.
     
  6. Feb 10, 2007 #5
    Though with this, knowledge, I'm still not sure how to figure out the flux on each side of the cube.
     
  7. Feb 10, 2007 #6

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    Start by figuring out which side has the most flux passing through it. :wink:
     
  8. Apr 17, 2007 #7
    hummm is it Q/Eo/6?
     
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