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rude man
Mar7-12, 11:26 AM
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An "image" charge is a ficticious entity. The idea is that the image replaces the conductor . In other words, the image is part of a model representing the conductor (the rest of the model in your case is of course q). An image is not placed into the conductor. You ditch the conductor and replace it with the image charge so you can then employ conventional point-charge analysis.