The CRUX OF ITS APPLICATION is the choice of gaussian surface. Keep in mind that this is not a surface of the charge distribution itself, but rather an imaginary surface constructed for application of Gauss's law.
To make Gauss's law tractable:
|Step 1:||Understand the geometry|
|Step 2:||Understand the symmetry|
|Step 3:||Construct the gaussian surface|
|Step 4:||Examine the gaussian surface|
|Step 5:||Evaluate the electric flux through the gaussian surface|
|Step 6:||Evaluate the charge enclosed by the gaussian surface|
|Step 7:||Apply Gauss's law for the result!|
Last updated March 10, 1998.
Copyright George Watson, Univ. of Delaware, 1997.