This is a general question, I was reading my textbook and this statement confuses me:(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

"The symmetry of the electric field must match the symmetry of the charge distribution"

this is said regarding symmetry in relation to GAuss' law.

I do not understand what they mean by symmetry of charge distribution. They say only a cylinder has the same symmetry of charge dist. and electric field, but I fail to understand "what" exactly is the symmetry of charges.

Thanks a lot

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# Homework Help: Gauss' Law symmetry of charge distribution

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