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written by Corinne A. Manogue and Kerry P. Browne
This small group activity is designed to help upper-division undergraduate students practice using the symmetry arguments necessary for Gauss's Law. Students are asked to find the electric field using Gauss's Law for either a spherically or cylindrically symmetric charged shell of finite thickness and must make explicit symmetry arguments using Proof by Contradiction as part of their solution. The compare and contrast wrap-up discussion on symmetry focuses on the fact that all examples have zero field inside the shell, different answers within the shell, and answers that depend only on the total charge on the shell for points outside the shell.
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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
= Electric Field
= Gauss' Law
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- Vector Calculus
= Vector Field
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vfgauss
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Compare & Contrast, Proof by Contradiction, Small Group Activity, Vector Fields, vfgausshand.pdf, vfgausshand.pdf
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Metadata instance created June 23, 2014 by Lyle Barbato
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August 19, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
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C. Manogue and K. Browne, (Paradigms in Physics Program, Corvallis, 2010), WWW Document, (http://sites.science.oregonstate.edu/physics/portfolioswiki/doku03d6.html?id=activities:main&file=vfgauss).
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C. Manogue and K. Browne, Paradigms in Physics: Gauss's Law (Paradigms in Physics Program, Corvallis, 2010), <http://sites.science.oregonstate.edu/physics/portfolioswiki/doku03d6.html?id=activities:main&file=vfgauss>.
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Manogue, C., & Browne, K. (2014, August 7). Paradigms in Physics: Gauss's Law. Retrieved September 16, 2024, from Paradigms in Physics Program: http://sites.science.oregonstate.edu/physics/portfolioswiki/doku03d6.html?id=activities:main&file=vfgauss
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Manogue, Corinne, and Kerry Browne. Paradigms in Physics: Gauss's Law. Corvallis: Paradigms in Physics Program, August 7, 2014. http://sites.science.oregonstate.edu/physics/portfolioswiki/doku03d6.html?id=activities:main&file=vfgauss (accessed 16 September 2024).
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