# Electric feild and a conducter

1. Feb 3, 2010

### EV33

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

The problem shows a picture of a spherical conductor that is placed some distance away from a positive charge.

It wants me to draw in how I think the charge will be distributed.

2. Relevant equations

E=(KQq)/r^(2)

3. The attempt at a solution

My original thoughts were that the negative charge would be on the side closest to the positive charge because opposite charges attact.

But then

I remembered that the E feild inside of a conductor is always zero. So then I figured that the positive charges would be on the side closest to the positive charge because the e feild of the charges on the right side of the sphere need to be facing the opposite direction as the e feild from the outside charge in order for the e feilds to cancel each other out inside the sphere.

Is this right?

It just throws me off a little bit because I know that opposite charges attract.

Last edited: Feb 4, 2010
2. Feb 4, 2010

### EV33

I noticed my post didn't make much sense there towards the end but I just edited so hopefully it makes sense now if anyone was having trouble understanding what I was saying.

3. Feb 4, 2010