Lecture 3: Electric Flux, Gauss's Law, Examples

author: Walter H. G. Lewin, Center for Future Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
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"Today we're going to work on a whole new concept and that is the concept of electric flux. We've come a long way. We started out with Coulomb's law. We got electric field lines. And now we have electric flux.

Suppose I have an electric field which is like so and I bring in that electric field a surface, an open surface like a handkerchief or a piece of paper. And so here it is. Something like that. And I carve this surface up in very small surface elements, each with size DA, that's the area, teeny weeny little area, and let this be the normal, N roof, the normal on that surface.

So now the local electric field say at that location would be for instance this. It's a vector..."

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Comment1 Abhishek Kumar, December 31, 2008 at 8:22 a.m.:

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"Surface charge densities of 200,-50 and psxµC/m2 are located at r=3,5, and 7 cm respectively. find D at r=4cm? find psx if D=0 at r=7.32 cm?

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