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Homework Help: Charges on spherical conductors

  1. May 22, 2007 #1
    A charge is placed on a speherical conductor of radius r1. this sphere is then connected to a distant sphere of radius r2 (not equal to r1) by a conducting wire. after the charges on the spheres are in equilibrium...

    is it reasonable to say that both spheres are at the same potential? regardless of the different radii

    C=Q/V so i think the amount of charge distributed on both speheres will differ but the potential will still be the same since the spheres are in equilibrium.

    i don't know i don't really understand the concept very well.
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  3. May 22, 2007 #2


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    I think the concept that you want is that the surface charge density on the two spheres will be equal.
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