1. PF Contest - Win "Conquering the Physics GRE" book! Click Here to Enter
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Need suggestion on an MIT OCW material

  1. Mar 14, 2016 #1
    Hi i would be glad if someone can help me on this.
    I am having a bit of trouble in understanding why the upper limit of integration over "r" is infinity in the MIT open course material on Electric field page #16 by Prof Markus Zahn (material attached as a link to the pdf). Please help.

    Thanks in advance.

    Link to MIT oc material:
    http://ocw.mit.edu/resources/res-6-002-electromagnetic-field-theory-a-probl%20em-solving-approach-spring-2008/textbook-contents/chapter2.pdf [Broken]
    Last edited by a moderator: May 7, 2017
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 14, 2016 #2
    Almost impossible to know what you mean when the link doesn't work and page 16 doesn't have any integral in it at all.

    I'm guessing you perhaps meant page page 63 where he integrate to get the total charge? In that case the charge distribution extends to infinity (in all directions) so to get the total charge you need to integrate over the entire volume (i.e. infinity).

    I also suspect your thread is posted in the wrong section.
  4. Mar 14, 2016 #3
    Thank you for your quick reply and sorry that 1. the link isnt working (i copied the link correctly but somehow it is not working) and 2. about posting in the wrong section...
  5. Mar 14, 2016 #4
    You got a space in "pro blem" in your link. This should be the correct one
    http://ocw.mit.edu/resources/res-6-002-electromagnetic-field-theory-a-problem-solving-approach-spring-2008/textbook-contents/chapter2.pdf [Broken]
    I didn't spot it either at first but I found the course on ocw site.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 7, 2017
  6. Mar 14, 2016 #5
    thank you for this correction.
  7. Mar 14, 2016 #6


    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    I've moved it. Cheers!
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted