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Homework Help: Gauss' Law and a Gaussian Sphere

  1. Jun 7, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A Gaussian Sphere with a radius of 1m surrounds an unknown charge at the center. At this surface a uniform outward directed electric field is 1 N/C. Use Gauss' Law to calculate the amount of charge enclosed by the sphere.

    2. Relevant equations

    E = q/4∏εor^2

    3. The attempt at a solution

    i've been reading about gauss' law in my physics book and i thought that the charge inside a gaussian sphere was always zero? or is that only for an electric field?
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  3. Jun 7, 2014 #2


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    The Electric Field (under static conditions) is zero within the conducting material of a conductor. A Gaussian surface is simply any closed surface over which it is convenient to apply Gauss's Law.
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