17 September, 2014
Collaborative ASSIGNMENT
Assignment 1: Charges and Fields
Solution
1. A charge q is positioned at the tip of a hollow cone. If the top half of the cone is
removed and thrown away (see Fig. 1), what is the force on the charge q due to
remaining part of the cone? For what angle is this force maximum?
q
L/2
L/2
Fig. (1)
Answer
The force on the charge q due to a segment dx of larger cone can be found as
dFz =
Fz
1 qdq
cos ,
40 x2
F
dx
dx
L/2
L/2
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where dq = rddx is the charge stored on a small horizontal ring as shown in Figure
(a). From the geometry of the figure, sin = r/x.
1 qx sin cos ddx
40
x2
L
q sin cos 2
dx
Fz =
dFz =
d
40
0
L/2 x
(
q sin cos
L ) q sin 2
=
(2) ln L ln =
ln 2.
40
2
40
dFz =
Fig. (2)
Answer
Refer to Fig (b) the electric field due to a segment ds of a halfinfinite line having
linear charge density , at a distance l from the end of line, is given by
= dExi + dEy j.
dE
Now
dEx = dE sin
ds
=
sin
40 r2
and dEy = dE cos
ds
=
cos
40 r2
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x
r
ds
s
Fig. (b)
From the geometry of figure;
r = l/ cos ,
s = l tan
ds =
l
d.
cos2
Therefore,
dEx =
Likewise, dEy =
40 l
l sin
cos2 =
sin .
2
2
cos 40 l
40 l
cos
/2
Ex =
dEx =
sin d
40 l 0
/2
cos 0 =
=
40 l
40 l
Ey =
40 l
Hence
=
E
(i + j)
40 l
representing the field at 45 angle from the axis. This direction is independent of the
value of l.
3. A point charge q is located at the origin. Find the flux through the circular disk shown.
You are allowed to use only Gausss law. HINT: Consider drawing a suitable Gaussian
surface conforming to the geometry and seeing how the circular disk is related to this
surface.
Due Date: September. 23, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Fig. (3)
Answer
Draw a spherical Gaussian surface that encloses the circular disk. By construction
(point charge and spherical symmetry), the flux through the curved section of the
sphere (shown in bold) will be the same as through the flat conical cap of section AB.
B
The total flux through the sphere is q/0 . We need to find the flux through the segment
of the sphere bounded by A and B. Suppose the area of this segment is A.
Then
A
flux through the segment
=
flux through the sphere
4l2
Aq
Flux through the segment =
40 l2
Due Date: September. 23, 2014, 5:00 pm
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We need to find A. A small area segment on the surface of the sphere is l2 sin dd,
where is the angle from the zaxis and is the azimuthal angle. Hence
2
A =
l2 sin dd
=0
=0
= l (2)( cos )0 = 2l2 (1 cos ).
2
Hence
2l2 (1 cos )q
40 l2
q(1 cos )
=
20
4. Four positively charged bodies, two with charge Q and two with charge q, are connected
by four unstretchable strings of equal length. In the absence of external forces they
assume the equilibrium configuration shown in Fig. 4. Show that tan3 = q 2 /Q2 . You
could show that this relation must hold if the total force on each body, the vector sum
of string tension and electrical repulsion, is zero. Hint: Draw free body diagram for
each charge.
q
1
Q 3
Q
q
4
Fig. (4)
Due Date: September. 23, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Answer
We have to draw the free body diagram for each charge to find the vector sum of forces
acting on it along the xaxis and yaxis.
Lets find the vector sum of forces acts on charge 1 (leftmost in the figure) along the
xaxis and yaxes. Here T s represent string tensions and F s represent electric forces.
the charges are labeled clockwise as shown.
F4
F3
Q
1
F2
F2 = F4
(1)
Similarly, the vector sum of forces acts on charge 2 along the xaxis and yaxis can
also be found as
F1 = F3
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F4
F3
F1
2
T
1
q2
+ 2F1 sin 2T sin
40 (2r sin )2
1
q2
1 qQ
=
+2
sin 2T sin = 0
2
40 (2r sin )
40 r2
(
)
1
1
q2
1 qQ
T =
+2
sin .
2 sin 40 (2r sin )2
40 r2
=
(2)
20 x
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3m
The electric field strength halfway between two oppositely charged conductors becomes
Eat mid point = E+ + E
=
+
(since fields are in the same direction)
20 x1 20 x2
(2)
15000 =
x1 = x2 = 1.5
20 (1.5)
= 1.5(15000)(0 ) = 1.5(15000)(3.14 8.85 1012 )
= 6 107 Cm1 ,
is the linear charge density for each conductor. Therefore, the positive charge residing
on 1 km length of positively charged conductor is
Q = l = (6 107 )(1 103 ) = 6 104 C.
6. The neutral hydrogen atom in its normal state behaves, in some respects, like an
electric charge distribution that consists of a point charge of magnitude e surrounded
by a distribution of negative charge whose density is given by (r) = Ce2r/a0 . Here
a0 is the Bohr radius, 0.53 1010 m, and C is a constant with the value required to
make the total amount of negative charge exactly e. What is the net electric charge
inside a sphere of radius a0 ? What is the electric field strength at this distance from
the nucleus? You will get full credit even if you write the integral without solving it.
Answer
Electronic charge inside a volume of radius a0 is
a0
a0 2
dV =
Ce2r/a0 (r2 sin drdd),
radius=0
r=0
=0
=0
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where (r2 sin drdd) is the volume element. hence the electronic charge inside a0 is
(
) a0
a0
2 2r/a0
C(2)
sin d
r e
dr = C(4)
r2 e2r/a0 dr.
=0
Now
r=0
r=0
r2 e2r/a0 dr = I (say)
r2 e2r/a0
2
I =
+
re2r/a0 dr
integration by parts
(2/a0 )
2/a0
[ 2r/a0
]
a0 2 2r/a0
re
1
2r/a0
=
r e
+ a0
+
e
dr
2
(2/a0 ) (2/a0 )
a0 2 2r/a0 a20 2r/a0 a20 e2r/a0
r e
re
2
2
2 (2/a0 )
2
a0 2 2r/a0 a0 2r/a0 a30 2r/a0
=
r e
re
e
.
2
2
4
=
Putting in the limits. (Dont confuse e with the charge in this integral).
a0
a3
a3
a3
a3
r2 e2r/a0 dr = 0 e2 0 e2 0 e2 + 0
2
2
4
4
0
)
(
1
1
1
1
+ 2+ 2
= a30
2
2e
2e
4e
4
(
)
5 1
= a30
= 0.08 a30 .
4e2 4
Hence the total charge inside the sphere of radius a0 is
+e
{z}
due to proton
C(4)(0.08)a30

{z
}
= Qenc .
Ea =
4a20 0
Ea (4a20 ) =
One can also find C by the condition that the total electronic charge is e.
C(4)
r2 e2r/a0 dr = e
0
a30
2 2r/a0
Now
r e
dr =
4
0
3
a
C(4) 0 = e
4
e
C =
a30
Due Date: September. 23, 2014, 5:00 pm
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7. A long, straight wire is surrounded by a hollow metal cylinder whose axis coincides
with that of the wire. The wire has a charge per unit length of , and the cylinder
has a net charge per unit length of 2. From this information, use Gausss law to find
(a) the charge per unit length on the inner and outer surfaces of the cylinder
(b) the electric field outside the cylinder, a distance r from the axis.
Answer
Gaussian surface S1
This results in a charge on the inner surface and +3 on the outer surface.
(b) The field is
=
E
3
r.
20 r
Since the cylindrical symmetry dictates that the field is (i) radially outward and
field is (ii) identical to a field from a single wire of charge density 3.
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