The equilibrium configurations of several different systems of pointlike charges placed on an ellipse are considered. The suitability of these discrete systems as models for finding the equilibrium charge distribution in a conducting wire of negligible cross section is also discussed. This example might prove useful in a course on computational physics, especially in order to illustrate the dangers of naive discretizations of continuous physical problems.
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Research Article| January 01 1990
On the equilibrium configuration of point charges placed on an ellipse
J. M. Aguirregabiria;
J. M. Aguirregabiria, A. Hernández, M. Rivas, M. A. Valle; On the equilibrium configuration of point charges placed on an ellipse. Comput. Phys. 1 January 1990; 4 (1): 60–63. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.168375
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