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Gauss' law (1/r^3 instead of 1/r^2)

  1. Dec 27, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    If the electric field of a point charge were proportional to 1/(r^3) instead of 1/(r^2), would Gauss's law still be valid? Explain reasoning.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Considered a spherical Gaussian surface centered on a single point charge.
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  3. Dec 27, 2007 #2


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    How would the flux through a sphere of radius one centered on the charge compare with the flux through a sphere of radius two?
  4. Dec 28, 2007 #3
    What is true of the entire sphere is also true of any portion of its surface, I believe...
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