# a) In lecture we solved the problem of the electric field from a spherical shell of radius R with uniform surface charge density o q/(4TTR2).Consider now the problem where this shell is of finite thickness d. That is, there is a uniform charge density p in a spherical shell of finitethickness from radius R to radius R+d, such that the total charge on this shell is q. Find the potential p(r) by solving Poisson's equation(there may be easier ways to do it, but do it this way!), then take the gradient to get E(r). Sketch p(r) and E(r) vs r. Now take the limit d-0keeping pd a constant. Compare your result with the case of the infinitesmally thin shell done in lecture.b) Consider an infinitesmally thin spherical shell of radius R with a total charge q uniformly distributed over its surface, and a concentricinfinitesmally thin spherical shell of radius R+d with total charge -q uniformly distributed over its surface. Find the potential p(r) by solvingPoisson's equation for this geometry, then take the gradient to get E(r). Sketch p(r) and E(r) vs r. Now take the limit d-0 keeping qdconstant. What do you find? This is the limit of an infinitesmally thin dipole layer.

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The spherical shell having radius R and thickness t is shown below. The potential is related to the charge density by Poisson’s equation as shown.

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The spherical shell having thickness t, its polar spherical  coordinates is given by  Poisson’s equation:

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Due to symmetry in the hollow spherical shell the derivative of terms cont...

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