Gauss's law Problem 9.2.3

Start Detector 1 Start Detector 2

Description

The bar graph displays the electric flux passing through a cubical flux detector and a spherical flux detector.  Observe the flux reading. 

Question

 Calculate the electric field at the surface of each detector using Gauss's law. The detectors are fixed in place.

Answer

The electric field cannot be determined. Insufficient information. No symmetry. 

Reference

See Giancoli-PA: Appendix D, Giancoli-SE: 22-3.

Credits

Physlet problem authored by Mario Belloni.

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