Gauss Law

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I used the formula (E * Area * cos(theta)) and got the wrong answer (.02529) and I really don't understand why. I need help

The square surface shown measures 4.0 mm on each side. It is immersed in a uniform electric field with magnitude E = 1930 N/C. The field lines make an angle of 35° with a normal to the surface, as shown. Take the normal to be "outward," as though the surface were one face of a box. Calculate the electric flux through the surface.
 

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dextercioby
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It looks correct (probably not the final #).U may have to check the units ([itex] \left(1\mbox{mm})\right)^{2}=10^{-6} \mbox{m}^{2} [/itex]...

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35 degrees to the normal is 55 degrees to the surface. Did you try that?
 
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Halls,she needs the scalar product between the electric field vector and the normal to the surface,which make an angle of 35° between them...

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I tried 55, and it didn't work.

Is electrical flux supposed to be negative? Thats all I can think of. I don't know if that's right.
 
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Depends on the sense of the electric field.If it enters the page or not.Your problem is pretty vague in this issue,because you haven't provided the drawing/picture.

Daniel.
 

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