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wakko101

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**electric potential...again.**

So, I've still got my two infinite lines of charge that run parallel to the x-axis running along the lines x = a and x = -a and with charge density + and - lambda respectively.

I've figured out that using the origin as my reference point allows me to integrate the electric field of my lines from a to the point in question (r). However, because the field goes like 1/r, we end up with a ln of something in the potential. For the line that's positive a away from the x axis, there's no problem. But, for the line that runs along x = -a, how can I integrate? should I be integrating from a to r again, or from -a to r. The problem with the latter is that you can't have the natural logarithm of a negative number.

I would REALLY appreciate any advice. I'm a little desperate...

Cheers,

W. =)