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Homework Help: Poissons' Equation, Electric Potential

  1. Oct 15, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    In an imaginary sphere with radius R, there exist uniformly distributed space charge ρ. Find the potential in all points in space, bounded by this sphere. (r<R). Dielectric is air. ******Must use Poisson or Laplace equation******

    2. Relevant equations
    [itex]\nabla\cdot\nabla ={\Large -\frac{\rho}{\epsilon _{0}}}[/itex]
    3. The attempt at a solution

    I did everything, and I found that one of the constants is 0.

    But I get stuck when trying to find the second constant.

    [itex]\phi (r) ={\Large -\frac{\rho r^{2}}{6\epsilon _{0}}}+C_{2}[/itex]

    I know that potential is constant on R. But I don't know how to use that. I am basically stuck here. I tried with some derivations, that equal 0 etc. But didn't get me anywhere.

    I have the solution for the constant: [itex]C_{2}={\Large \frac{\rho R^{2}}{2\epsilon _{0}}}[/itex]

    Can somebody help me?
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2011
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 15, 2011 #2
    Nevermind I got it. I misplaced the la place equation.
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