Corinne A. Manogue and
Kerry P. Browne
the Paradigms in Physics Program
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.
Manogue, C., & Browne, K. (2014, August 7). Paradigms in Physics: Gauss's Law. Retrieved September 20, 2019, from Paradigms in Physics Program: http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:vfgauss
Manogue, Corinne, and Kerry Browne. Paradigms in Physics: Gauss's Law. Corvallis: Paradigms in Physics Program, August 7, 2014. http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:vfgauss (accessed 20 September 2019).
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