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A problem of elecctic field

  1. Aug 7, 2006 #1
    a problem.put a conductor in a electric field .then we konw that in the conductor ,the positive charge will move along with the direction of the electric field,and the negative charge will move along against the direction of the field.then at all point in the conductor ,the external field+the internal field is 0.there is no problem.
    but,now if we move the negative charge away(the external field do not change all the time),in this case,the field in the conductor is still 0(i can get this conclusion with Gauss law ).but why?
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  3. Aug 8, 2006 #2

    Andrew Mason

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    If you remove a negative charge from a neutral conductor it becomes a charged conductor.

    The field in the conductor is 0 because if it was not, the free charges in the conductor would move (opposite to the direction of the field) until the field became 0.

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