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May 1st 2011, 07:03 PM

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 Help with derivation of potential involve moving point charge.
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May 2nd 2011, 02:35 AM

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Again I have had to delete all of your images from before.
There's a lot of algebra to do here. For starters, the last step follows from squaring the term, then taking the square root. That is to say:
I can't put too many images in here, but the key is to expand out the LHS under the square root. We get (ignoring the square root:
We need to get rid of the r (dot) v inside of the brackets and we can do that from
(This equation is mistyped in your post.) Square both sides and solve for r (dot) v. Then put that into your term inside the brackets. Multiply the heck out of everything in those brackets and you will find that practically everything cancels out except for that r^2  c^2t^2.
If you need more steps let me know. Maybe a can try a step by step over a number of posts.
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May 2nd 2011, 09:24 AM

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Thanks for the reply. I did the squaring and square rooting before.
Because the path pass through origin at t=0 given, w(tr)=vtr. I just skip a step due to limited number of image.
Again due to limited number of image, I just put down the solved equation of rvt=c(ttr) as tr=t(+/)(r/c)
And due to t>0, tr=tr/c. I tried to put it in and still cannot solve the equation.
I don't know how to solve r dot v because that involve knowing the cosine angle between them and there is no information. that's where I really got stuck on the first place.
What image you deleted? I see just as many equation from my original post.

 
May 2nd 2011, 12:07 PM

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Originally Posted by yungman Again due to limited number of image, I just put down the solved equation of rvt=c(ttr) as tr=t(+/)(r/c)
And due to t>0, tr=tr/c. I tried to put it in and still cannot solve the equation.
I don't know how to solve r dot v because that involve knowing the cosine angle between them and there is no information. that's where I really got stuck on the first place.
What image you deleted? I see just as many equation from my original post. 
I usually quote the previous post. I was saying I couldn't do that.
To get r (dot) v:
Now solve for r (dot) v.
You don't need the tr = t  r/c. The tr terms all cancel out on their own.
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May 2nd 2011, 06:46 PM

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 I have been working on this for a few hours and I got close except I cannot solve the +/ sign. The way I have is even a little different from the book, please help me also to check whether I did it correctly. I have to split into a few posts to put in all the steps:
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May 2nd 2011, 07:04 PM

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I don't know how to get rid of the +/ sign. Please help with the final step. The only thing I can think of is if you look at (3) above, if you use the ve, tr can be negative and we start out t=0 and both t and tr has to be either 0 or +ve, ve is not allow.
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May 3rd 2011, 07:06 AM

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Originally Posted by yungman I don't know how to get rid of the +/ sign. Please help with the final step. The only thing I can think of is if you look at (3) above, if you use the ve, tr can be negative and we start out t=0 and both t and tr has to be either 0 or +ve, ve is not allow.
Thanks
Alan 
I'm a little unclear about a few things. First there is an easier way to get to the formula for the potential, which doesn't involve tr, and there is a square root missing in your answer.
Note:
This is from the last line of your original post. (You eventually got something similar, but for some reason it still contained tr for some reason.) You can plug this in for the denominator of V. If your answer is allowed to depend on v, and I can see no reason why not, then this is a much easier derivation.
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Originally Posted by topsquark I'm a little unclear about a few things. First there is an easier way to get to the formula for the potential, which doesn't involve tr, and there is a square root missing in your answer.
Note:
This is from the last line of your original post. (You eventually got something similar, but for some reason it still contained tr for some reason.) You can plug this in for the denominator of V. If your answer is allowed to depend on v, and I can see no reason why not, then this is a much easier derivation.
Dan 
Thanks for all your help.
I don't see when I miss the square root, I recheck my work already. I got as shown in my last post.
I don't see an easier way. I did try your suggestion and solve for r dot v and don't have much luck. Besides, usually you don't get tr, more likely you get the w(t) where v(t) = w'(t). Can you show me?
Thanks
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Originally Posted by yungman I don't see an easier way. I did try your suggestion and solve for r dot v and don't have much luck. Besides, usually you don't get tr, more likely you get the w(t) where v(t) = w'(t). Can you show me?
Thanks
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Sorry about the square root. I looked back over your post and don't know how I missed it.
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Originally Posted by yungman I don't see an easier way. I did try your suggestion and solve for r dot v and don't have much luck. Besides, usually you don't get tr, more likely you get the w(t) where v(t) = w'(t). Can you show me?
Thanks
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Sorry about the square root. I looked back over your post and don't know how I missed it.
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