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Problem 24.11: Charge on capacitor using Gauss's law
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Each "charge" represents a long charged rod that extends into and out of the screen (position is given in centimeters and electric field strength is given in newtons/coulomb). Restart.
- Add the top plate of the capacitor. Measure the electric field close to the top plate and then use Gauss's law to find the charge/area on the plate.
- Do the same for the bottom plate.
- What is the field near the center of the completed capacitor?
Problem authored by Anne J Cox.
Script authored by Wolfgang Christian.