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Assignment IV

Electricity and Magnetism

10 November 2016

1. A hydrogen atom (with the Bohr radius of half an angstrom) is situated

between two metal plates 1 mm apart, which are connected to opposite
terminals of a 500 V battery. What fraction of the atomic radius does the
separation distance d amount to, roughly? Estimate the voltage you would
need with this apparatus to ionize the atom. (Given atomic polarizability
( ) = 0.667 x10-30 m3, 0 = 8.85 x 10-12, e = 1.6 x10-19 C, Bohr radius for
Hydrogen atom = 0.5 x -10 m.) Griffiths 4.1

2. In given figure, and are (perfect) dipoles a distance apart. What

is the torque on due to ? What is the torque on due to ? [In
each case calculate the torque on the dipole about its own center.
Griffiths 4.5

3. A (perfect) dipole is situated a distance z above an infinite grounded

conducting plane (Figure). The dipole makes an angle  with the
perpendicular to the plane. Find the torque on . If the dipole is free to
rotate, in what orientation will it come to rest? Griffiths 4.6

4. Show that the energy of an ideal dipole p in an electric field E is given

(Griffiths 4.7)
5. Show that the interaction energy of two dipoles separated by a
displacement is [ ( ̂)( ̂)] Griffiths 4.8

6. A dipole is placed at a distance from a point charge and oriented

such that makes an angle  with the vector (from to ) Griffiths 4.9
(a) What is the force on ?
(b) What is the force on q?

7. Find the electric field produced by a uniformly polarized sphere of radius

R. (Griffiths Example 4.2 & 4.3)

8. A sphere of radius R carries a polarization ( ) , where is a

constant and is the vector from the center. (a) Calculate the bound
charges , and . (b) Find the field inside and outside the sphere.
Griffiths 4.10

9. A very long cylinder, of radius a, carries a uniform polarization P

perpendicular to its axis. Find the electric field inside the cylinder. Show
that the field outside the cylinder can be expressed in the form ( )
[ ( ̂) ̂ ] Griffiths 4.13

10.A long straight wire, carrying uniform line charge , is surrounded by

rubber insulation out to a radius (Figure). Find the electric
displacement. (Griffiths Example 4.4)

11.A thick spherical shell (inner radius and outer radius ) is made of
dielectric material with a “frozen-in” polarization ( ) ̂, where is
a constant and is the distance from the center. (There is no free charge
in the problem.) Find the electric filed all three regions. Griffiths 4.15
12.The space between the plates of a parallel-plate capacitor (Figure) is
with two slabs of linear dielectric material. Each slab has thickness , so
the total distance between the plates is . Slab 1 has a dielectric constant
of 2, and slab 2 has a dielectric constant of 1.5. The free charge density
on the top plate is and on the bottom plate - .
(a) Find the electric displacement D in each slab.
(b) Find the electric field E in each slab.
(c) Find the polarization P in each slab.
(d) Find the potential difference between the plates.
(e) Find the location and amount of all bound charge.
(f) Now that you know all the charge (free and bound), recalculate the
field in each slab, and confirm your answer to (b). (Griffiths 4.18)