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Formula Continuous Charge Distribution in 3d Electric field    Charge density   

Formula: Continuous Charge Distribution in 3d
E-Field - Continuous Charge Distribution (Volume Charge Density)

Electric field

The E-field indicates how large and in which direction the electric force at the location \(\boldsymbol{R}\) would act on a test charge if it were placed at the location under consideration.

Position vector

It goes from the coordinate origin to a location within the three-dimensional charge distribution.

Field vector

It goes from the origin to the location (field point) where the electric field is to be calculated.

The connecting vector \(\boldsymbol{R} - \boldsymbol{r}\) is the vector going from a point of charge distribution \(\boldsymbol{r}\) to the considered field point \(\boldsymbol{R}\). Here \(\frac{\boldsymbol{R} ~-~ \boldsymbol{r}}{|\boldsymbol{R} ~-~ \boldsymbol{r}|}\) is the unit vector of the connecting vector.


The volume of the considered three-dimensional charge distribution, which generates the electric field.

Charge density

Charge per volume at location \(\boldsymbol{r}\) within the considered three-dimensional charge distribution.

Vacuum Permittivity

The vacuum permittivity is a physical constant that appears in equations involving electromagnetic fields. It has the following experimentally determined value:$$ \varepsilon_0 ~\approx~ 8.854 \, 187 \, 8128 ~\cdot~ 10^{-12} \, \frac{\mathrm{As}}{\mathrm{Vm}} $$