Principle of Superposition

1. Oct 12, 2009

soupdejour

I think I understand how superposition (of the electric field) applies for when I have two (or more) charges.

BUT, If I have only one charge, but two regions of dielectric $$\epsilon_a$$ and $$\epsilon_b$$, can I superimpose the solutions for the charge Q in just $$\epsilon_a$$ with the solution of Q in $$\epsilon_b$$?

2. Oct 13, 2009

sophiecentaur

Are you concerned with what happens at the boundary here?

3. Oct 13, 2009

soupdejour

Yes I want the boundary conditions satisfied.

4. Oct 13, 2009

sophiecentaur

OK.
When the fields were initially established, more work was done in establishing the field in one medium than in the other. That means that the energy density will be greater in one than in the other. That's if the dielectrics are in parallel.
If they are in series, the overall potential will be shared unequally across the two regions.