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Homework Help: Intermediate E&M. Just need a check. Should be easy

  1. Sep 8, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    We have a rectangular box with diagonal corners at (0,0,0) and (-1,2,3)cm. We place charge inside this box with distribution, ρ(r)=2x-3(z-1) with units of nC/m3. What is the total charge inside this box?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I have attached what I did. I asked this yesterday, and someone told me my answer was correct (at the time I had 3E-15 C). However, I think I did something wrong, and redid my problem. Please let me know which way is correct, if either.

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  3. Sep 8, 2010 #2
    Your x-bounds are strange. Why did you reverse them?
  4. Sep 8, 2010 #3
    The teacher told me to do this. I was confused on it as well, but he assured me it is supposed to be in that order.
  5. Sep 8, 2010 #4
    I am going to sleep soon. If you can please help me (it's due tomorrow morning) I will look at your response when I wake up.
  6. Sep 8, 2010 #5
    Oh nvm, the integration is right now that I take a second look at it. I got confused by the x going on bottom, but since it is negative that is all good. It looks like what you did is just fine. I don't know what the other way you did was, but this should be right (though I didn't actually do the numbers).
  7. Sep 8, 2010 #6
    The other way was that I kept the bounds in terms of m and converted to cm at the end. However I think my numbers got messed up in the conversion. I think this way has less chance for error.
  8. Sep 8, 2010 #7
    Yeah, hah, that's precisely why I didn't do the numbers was because you really ought to convert cm to m for the integrand limits to make sure you get it right. Not converting and having cm*m floating around can get tricky.
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