Determining the electric field using Gauss’s law

Electric field by a single point charge

Determining the electric field using Gauss's law 1To calculate the electric field produced by a single positive charge, the first step is to select the spherical Gauss surface with radius r where the center of the sphere is at the single charge. The surface area of the ball is 4πr2.

The electric field coming out of the center of the sphere penetrates perpendicular to the surface of the sphere so that the formula of electric flux is Φ = E A. The formula of the Gauss’s law is Φ = Q/εo

The electric field at a distance of r from the single charge is:

Determining the electric field using Gauss's law 2

E = electric field, k = Coulomb constant (9 x 109 N.m2/C2), Q = electric charge, r = distance from the electric charge.

This is the formula of the electric field produced by an electric charge. This formula can be derived using Coulomb’s law.

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Electric fields inside and outside the solid ball with homogeneous electricity charged

A homogeneous positively charged solid ball has a total charge of Q, volume V = 4/3 π R3 and the charge density in the solid ball is ρ = Q/V. Determine the electric field strength inside the ball and outside the ball.

a) The electric field in the solid ball

Determining the electric field using Gauss's law 3The solid ball with the radius of R, while the selected Gauss surface is spherical with radius r, where r < R. The volume of the solid ball is V and the volume of the Gauss sphere is V ‘.

Electric charge in Gauss balls is:

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The electric field coming out of the center of the sphere penetrates perpendicular to the surface of the sphere so that the formula of electric flux is Φ = E A. The formula for Gauss’s law is Φ = Q/εo

The electric field at the point with the distance of r from the center of the solid ball is:

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Based on the formula above, the electric field (E) is proportional to the electric charge (Q) and the radius of the Gauss surface (r), inversely proportional to the radius of the solid ball (R3)

b) Electric field outside the solid ball

Determining the electric field using Gauss's law 6A solid ball has the radius of R while the Gauss surface is spherical with radius r, where r > R. The solid ball charge is Q; the solid ball is inside the gauss ball so that the electric charge in the gauss ball is Q.

The electric field exits from the center of the sphere and penetrates perpendicularly to the spherical surface so that the formula of electric flux is Φ = E A. The formula of Gauss’s law is Φ = Q/εo

The electric field has the distance of r from the center of the solid ball is:

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The electric field inside and outside the hollow ball surface with the homogeneous electrically charged

Hollow balls with the radius of R and volume V = 4/3 π R3, with homogeneous positively electrically charged on the surface with total charge Q. Determine the electric field strength inside and outside the surface of the sphere.

a) The electric field in the hollow ball

The ball is hollow, so the electrical charge is on the surface of the ball, while on the inside of the ball there is no electric charge. If the selected gauss surface is spherical and the gauss ball is inside the hollow ball, there is no electric charge inside the gauss ball. Electric charge is zero, so the electric field is also zero. So the electric field inside the hollow ball is zero.

b) Electric field outside the hollow ball

The ball is hollow with the radius of R, while the selected Gauss surface is spherical with the radius of r, where r > R.

The electric field coming out of the center of the ball penetrates perpendicular to the surface of the sphere so that the formula of electric flux is Φ = E A = E 4π r2. The formula of Gauss’s law is Φ = Q/εo.

The electric field at the point with the distance of r from the center of the hollow ball is:

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Electric fields near the electrically charged thin wires

A thin wire has an infinite length, positively homogeneous electric charged with a charge density λ. The electric charge on the wire is Q = λ l. Determine the electric field strength around the thin wire.

Determining the electric field using Gauss's law 9Gauss surface is selected with the form of cylinders with length l and radius r. There are two forms of surfaces, a circular surface with radius r located at both cylindrical ends (the surface area is 2πr2) and a cylindrical surface with a length of l (the surface area is 2πr l).

The electric charge is positive therefore the electric field exits the wire perpendicular to the surface of the tube so that the electric flux is Φ = E A = E 2πr l. Instead, the electric field is parallel to the two ends of the circular tube so that the electric flux is zero.

The electric field at a distance of r from the wire is:

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