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Solving Maxwell's Equation

  1. Dec 13, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A sinusoidally-varying voltage V(t) = Vosinωt with amplitude Vo = 10 V and frequency of f = ω/(2π) = 100 Hz is impressed across the plates of a circular-shaped parallel plate air-gap capacitor of radius a = 1.0 cm and plate separation d= 0.01 mm. The amplitude of Maxwell's displacement current ID flowing across the gap between the plates of this capacitor is:

    2. Relevant equations

    From what I know, the one equation that we have is
    Of course, I'm trying to solve for [tex]I_d[/tex] here

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I don't really have much of an attempt here. Sort of lost on how to do it.
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  3. Dec 13, 2009 #2


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    It's good to think back to the reason that displacement currents are needed in the first place. See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Displacement_current#To_obtain_the_correct_magnetic_field

    Ampere's law states that the integral of B*dl across a closed curve is equal to the current through any surface that you can draw around the curve. As the second diagram in that Wikipedia article's section shows, you can draw two different surfaces, one that the wire passes through and one that no current passes through whatsoever. Displacement current is needed to explain this discrepancy, so displacement current must be exactly equal to the current in the wires (or else the discrepancy would remain).

    Another way to calculate displacement current would be to use your equation. You can easily calculate the electric field between between the plates as a function of the total charge on the plate and you know the plates' area, so you can calculate electric flux. Differentiating with respect to time would give you d(phi)/dt.
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