Charge Distribution on a Conducting Shell

1. Feb 1, 2009

Seraph404

This is just a quick conceptual question.

If you have a charge on the surface of a conductor, and the gaussian surface within that has a cavity containing a positive charge... and you move that charge off-center, does that affect the charge distribution on the surface of the conductor?

Last edited: Feb 1, 2009
2. Feb 1, 2009

Delphi51

You mean a charge inside a metal can? Yes, the charge on the can will move around in response to movement of the charge inside.

3. Feb 1, 2009

Seraph404

Ah, nevermind. I have discovered the answer.