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"An electric charge that is uniformly distributed on the surface of a sphere, affects a different charge outside the sphere as though the whole charge was collected in the center of the sphere. This we exploit when we use Coulumbs law."

Ive tried to prove this mathematically, but can't seem to do it...

If we imagine two situations:

#1:

We imagine four protons in two pairs - each pair free to move with 2e of charge - at a distance x from each other:

Fig1:(**)---------------x---------------(**)

The the force between them would be k4e^{2}/x^{2}

#2:

Now we imagine that we "split" the pairs in such a way that the protons in each pair are still "attached", but the charges are separated at distance of 2P. Each proton is moved a distance P from the original point in situation #1. There is still only to pairs/particles that can move:

Fig2:(*-----2p-----*)----------x---------(*-----2p-----*)

Shouldn't it be possible to prove that the force between the two pairs in the last situation also should be k4e^{2}/x^{2}if the original statement is correct?

(the reason for the parentheses () is to illuminate that the protons act as though the were attached to each other)

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