# How can I find the electric field above an infinite sheet?

1. Sep 16, 2014

### hockey

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A square insulating sheet 75.0cm on a side is held horizontally. The sheet has 7.40nC of charge spread uniformly over its area. Calculate the electric field at a point 0.240mm above the center of the sheet.

2. Relevant equations

$\Phi$ = 2EA
E = $\sigma$ / 2$\epsilon$

3. The attempt at a solution
With the formulas above I managed to find that $\sigma$ = 1.316 * 10^-8, but I do not know that $\epsilon$ represents or how to find it. I cannot find the electric field until epsilon has been found.

2. Sep 16, 2014

### nrqed

$\epsilon$ is the dielectric constant of vacuum (usually written as $\epsilon_0$ ). It is a constant that you can look up.