PHY 5346 HW Set 4 Solutions – Kimel
1. 2.8 The system is pictured below
a) Using the known potential for a line charge, the two line charges above give the potential
r
2
′
1 _{0} ^{} ^{l}^{n} ^{r}
_{r}
V, a constant. Let us define V ^{′} 4 _{0} V
Then the above equation can be written
Writing r ^{′}^{2}
^{2} V
′
e
or r ^{′}^{2}
^{2} , the above can be written
^{2}
_{}
r ^{2} e
R ^{2} e
^{′}
V
^{′}
V
V ^{′}
e
− 1 ^{2}
The equation is that of a circle whose center is at −ẑ
b) The geometry of the system is shown in the fugure.
R
e
V ^{′}
−1
, and whose radius is a
^{R}^{e}
V ^{′}
2
V ^{′}
e −1
Note that 

with 

d _{1} 

and 

a 


Forming 
d R d _{1} d _{2}
d _{2}
b
^{R}
′
−V _{b}
e
−1
^{R}^{e} −V ^{b}
′
′
2
−V _{b}
e
− 1
or
d ^{2} − a ^{2} − b ^{2}
or
Thus we can write
^{}
V _{a} − V _{b}
^{}
^{1}
d ^{2} − a ^{2} − b ^{2}
2ab
cosh
_{2} _{}_{} _{0} cosh ^{−}^{1}
_{}
Q/L
V _{a} −
b ^{}
V
V _{a} − V _{b}
Capacitance/unit length ^{C}
L
d ^{2} −a ^{2} −b ^{2}
2 ab
_{c}_{o}_{s}_{h} −1
c) Suppose a ^{2}
d ^{2} , and b ^{2}
d ^{2} , and a ^{′}
ab , then
C
_{}
2 _{0}
_{}
2 _{0}
2
1
or
or
^{2}
O ^{4}
The first term of this result agree with problem 1.7, and the second term gives the appropriate correction asked for.
d) In this case, we must take the opposite sign for d ^{2} − a ^{2} − b ^{2} , since a ^{2} b ^{2} d ^{2} . Thus
If we use the identiy, ln x
C
L
_{}
2 _{0}
_{l}_{n}
_{}
a ^{2} b ^{2}
2ab
a ^{2} −b ^{2}
2ab
in agreement with problem 1.6.
_{}
2 _{0}
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