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Homework Help: Magnitude of electric field with square loop

  1. Sep 3, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The square loop shown below is made up of four identical wires of length scripted l = 18 cm each charged with a linear density λ = 18 nC/m.

    Find the magnitude of the electric field at a distance z = scripted l/2 above the center of the loop.

    2. Relevant equations

    Start by first simplifying the result from problem 21-46,
    E = (2kλ)(L/x)(4x2 + L^2)^-1/2
    where x = (z^2 + (L/2)^2)^1/2. Then make use of the symmetry of the situation.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I used this equation to solve and got 335.53967, But I don't know what to do after this, or if this number is even right. Help please!
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  3. Sep 4, 2014 #2


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    Perhaps you want to show a bit more. Not numbers, but what variables stand for. I suppose (what else can I do) that 21-46 asks for the electric field on the Perpendicular Bisector of a charged rod ? this link, example 2.3 works that out very nicely.

    Does that check with your 21-46 result ?
    It looks to me as if your z is his (/her) y

    I think I see a difference, so I might misinterpret the situatiuon.

    Anyway, it simplifies a lot if z = L/2.

    The next step is to add the four ##\vec E## with simple trigoniometry.
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