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Homework Help: Gauss law

  1. Sep 20, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    there are two nonconducting spherical shells fixed in place. shell 1 has uniform surface charge density 6.0 uC/m^2 on its outer surface and radius 3.0cm. shell 2 has uniform surface charge density 4.0 uC/m^2 on its outer surface and radius 2.0cm. the shell centers are separated by l=10cm. in unit vector notation, what is the net electric field at x=2.0cm.
    There is a picture that shows shell 1 with it's center at the origin, and shell 2 centered at (10,0) (because l=10)

    2. Relevant equations
    gauss' law, but not sure exactly what form.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Well I'm unsure what to do, but I solved for the electric field created by both shells.
    Shell 1=6*10^7
    Shell 2= 9*10^7 (ignoring the units for the moment)

    ok so I have that, but I have no idea how to determine the net field at any given point. can anyone help me get started? Thanks.
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  3. Sep 21, 2009 #2


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    Well, the first step would be to put your two individual electric fields into unit vector notation (they are vector fields after all!), after that....what does the superposition principle tell you?
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