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Homework Help: Charge Distribution on a Conducting Shell

  1. Feb 1, 2009 #1
    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
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  3. Feb 1, 2009 #2


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    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.
  4. Feb 1, 2009 #3
    Ah, nevermind. I have discovered the answer.
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