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Homework Help: Potential from a ring of charge

  1. Apr 12, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/3462/poth.th.jpg [Broken]

    How can I find the potential at the point p above?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I really have no idea where to start at
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  3. Apr 12, 2009 #2


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    I'd suggest that you use geometry.

    Drop a perpendicular to the plane of the ring. Call it P' The distance then is a right triangle that has one side constant, P-P'. Your dq element distances from P can then be determined by the distance expression of the elements of the ring in the x-y plane to P' and the other leg P-P'.
  4. Apr 12, 2009 #3
    I don't quite understand what you mean.. please elaborate
  5. Apr 12, 2009 #4


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    Drop a perpendicular from p to the axis of the coil. Let PP' = x be the the perpendicular. Let O be the center of the coil and R be the radius of the coil. Electric field due to the coil having charge Q is given by
    E = kQ*OP'/(R^2 + OP'^2)^3/2
    The potential gradient along P'P is given by deltaV = E.dx = E*dx*cos(theta) = -E*dx*x/OP' .Substitute the value of E. Find the integration from x = 0 to x = x.
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