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Electric Field in an Electrolyte

  1. Dec 15, 2015 #1
    When an insulated conductor; submerged in an ionic solution, is charged positively. Is there equal repulsion and attraction of ions? Or does the electric field mostly attract negative ions while only repelling positive ions in contact with it's surface?
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  3. Dec 15, 2015 #2
    The electrostatic forces between the ions themselves are incredibly strong, the charged object (assuming a "normal" magnitude of charge) would only be able to push away the cations from its surface by the distance of a few molecules, and the similar thing would apply to the anions in the other direction.
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