Charge Density Calculator

The Charge Density Calculator will calculate the:

  1. Linear charge density of a conducting wire
  2. Area charge density of a conducting wire
  3. Volume charge density of a conducting wire

Calculator Settings: Medium is considered as uniform; the wire is considered at the same thickness everywhere.

Charge Density Calculator
Charge Density Calculator Results (detailed calculations and formula below)
The linear charge density of a conducting wire is C/m [Coulomb per metre]
The area charge density of a conducting wire is C/m2 [Coulomb per square metre]
The volume charge density of a conducting wire is C/m3 [Coulomb per cubic metre]
Linear charge density of a conducting wire calculation
λ = Q/L
λ = /
λ =
Area charge density of a conducting wire calculation
σ = 2Q/πd × (d + 2L)
σ = 2 × / × × ( + (2 × ))
σ = / × × ( + )
σ = / × ×
σ = /
σ =
Volume charge density of a conducting wire calculation
ρ = 4Q/πd2 × L
ρ = 4 × / × 2 ×
ρ = / × ×
ρ = /
ρ =
Charge Density Calculator Input Values
Electric charge (Q) C [Coulomb]
Length of conducting wire (L) m [metre]
Diameter of wire (d) m [metre]
Archimedes constant (π)

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Linear charge density Formula and Calculation

λ = Q/L

Area charge density Formula and Calculation

σ = 2Q/πd × (d + 2L)

This formula derives from

σ = Q/2πR × (R+h)

where R = d/2 is the radius of cylinder base and h is the height of cylinder (in this instance, it is denoted by L).

Volume charge density Formula and Calculation

ρ = 4Q/πd2 × L

This formula derives from

ρ = Q/πR2 × h

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