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Method of images about a sphere with a dipole

  1. Feb 20, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Hello everyone, I am new here and have a question regarding method of images in my electricity and magnetism class. I need help to even get the ball rolling. The question is as follows:

    a) What is the image of a dipole, oriented toward the center of the conducting sphere, if the sphere
    is not grounded?

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    This is where my confusion initially lies. When it is said 'what is the image of a dipole,' what exactly does that mean? Am I to draw a picture of the dipole in regards to an non-grounded sphere? If anyone could help, it would be greatly appreciated!
     
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  3. Feb 21, 2016 #2

    stevendaryl

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  4. Feb 21, 2016 #3
    Ahh ok, so is this part of the problem just asking for an image of a dipole for a non-grounded sphere then? The other parts of the question asked for the potential energy and total charge of the sphere which I calculated. Maybe I'm overthinking the first part but when it says image, it's just asking to draw an image, no? Thanks for your help!
     
  5. Feb 21, 2016 #4

    stevendaryl

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    No, they are asking you to figure out the location and magnitude of the image dipole, and use that to answer the other questions.
     
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