# field of an infinite sheet

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by curious_to_know, May 11, 2009.

1. ### curious_to_know Thread Starter New Member

Jun 23, 2007
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How to derive the expression of the field of infinite charged sheet of σ using the expression of a infinite line charge ?

if the expression of field of an infinite line charge is given by

$\frac{\lambda}{2\pi\epsilon r}$

where r is the distance of the 'test charge' from the line.

and λ the linear charge density of the line

2. ### mik3 Senior Member

Feb 4, 2008
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Imagine a small surface above the plate and use Gauss law to find E at the point distance over the plate.

3. ### steinar96 Active Member

Apr 18, 2009
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Apply an cylindrical gaussian surface so that the axis of the cylinder is perpendicular to the plane. The electric flux will be zero trough the sides but positive trough the top and bottom of the cylinder. From that you can calculate your answer

4. ### curious_to_know Thread Starter New Member

Jun 23, 2007
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well thnx guys for that help..well i wud say its an easy way out and after all thats not my homework...my homework is to DERIVE the expression from the given data..from the expression of a line charge(infinite)