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Problem 24.7: Describe Gaussian surfaces for a capacitor
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Each "charge" represents a long charged rod that extends into and out of the screen (position is given in meters). Restart.
- Explain the electric field you see when the capacitor (long parallel sheets of charge) is complete.
- The top and bottom sheets have equal and opposite charge. Which one is positively charged? Which is negatively charged?
- What type of Gaussian surface would you use to find the field inside the capacitor? What type would you use outside the capacitor?
- Sketch the Gaussian surface and explain why you chose it.
Problem authored by Wolfgang Christian, Melissa Dancy and Anne J Cox.