PHY 5346 HW Set 2 Solutions – Kimel 5. 2.

2 The system is described by

a) Using the method of images   x with y  b)  
a2 y 0

1 4

0

q q   y  y |x  | |x |

, and q  q |xa   0 x |xa n
a y 0 

1 4

0

x

x y
2

2

q 2xy cos 

1/2 

y2 a2

x y
2

2

q 2xy cos 

1/2 

q 1 4 y 2  a 2 Note q induced  a 2 Þ d  q 1 a 2 2a 1 4 q induced  c) y2 a2 y2

a 1

2ay cos 

3/2

Þ1
1

dx y2  a2 2 y2 2ayx  q
3/2

, where x  cos 

q a a2 2

a a2

qq q 2 ay  1 , the force is attractive, to the right. 4 0 a 2 y 2 4 0 y y 2 d) If the conductor were fixed at a different potential, or equivalently if extra charge were put on the conductor, then the potential would be q q   1 x  V 4 0 |x |  y  | |x y and obviously the electric field in the sphere and induced charge on the inside of the sphere would remain unchanged. |F| 

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