Given: a point charge (at rest at the Origin at time t=0) with a constant acceleration in the +x direction. Computation of [tex]E{x}[/tex] at points on the y axis produces negative values that approach negative infinity as y approaches zero. Extrapolation to y=0 suggests an infinite self-force on the charge (and hence on the driving agent) in the –x direction. Comments? (Suggestion: Index “Electric field of point charge, arbitrary motion” in Griffiths, “Introduction to Electrodynamics”.)(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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