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Homework Help: Uniform E field for spherical shell.

  1. Aug 14, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    In the figure a nonconducting spherical shell of inner radius a = 2.07 cm and outer radius b = 2.51 cm has (within its thickness) a positive volume charge density ρ = A/r, where A is a constant and r is the distance from the center of the shell. In addition, a small ball of charge q = 45.8 fC is located at that center. What value should A have if the electric field in the shell (arb) is to be uniform?

    2. Relevant equations
    ## \phi = \frac{q}{\epsilon_{0}} = \oint E \cdot dA ##

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I found the electric field due to the central charge and ρV at a radius between r (arb), added these together (superposition) and then derived with respect to r, hoping to set the derivative to zero to find my answer, but I got ## \frac{Aa^3}{r^4}- \frac{q}{2\pi r^3} ## as my expression for the derivative, (disregarding epsilon naught, the constant) and obviously I can't set this to zero and disregard r. Not sure where to go from here.
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  3. Aug 14, 2016 #2
    Ok, I can't use Gauss' law without integration cause charge density isn't constant, have to integrate to find charge first. So derp, I got it now.
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