Due spheres

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We have a metal sphere of radius R in the space and resistivity p. At a distance d>R from it we have antoher sphere of metal of radius r<<R and charge q. The 2 spheres intially are at rest.
What is the initial potential energy between them?
Now the sphere accelerate and collide anelastically. What is the amount of heat Q after this process?

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This is NOT an homework, but an entrance exame at the university.
The question it's very intersting and i solved it.


For me is [tex]\frac{1}{4 \pi ε} \frac{q^2}{d}[/tex]
and this is for the proprieties of metals.
 
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That looks about right and can be answered using the so called coefficients of potential. How would you answer the question about the heat generated? Hint: Assume that the small metal sphere is actually a point charge ##q## that becomes uniformly distributed over the surface of the large sphere after the collision.
 

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