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Homework Help: Electrodynamics capacitors

  1. Oct 9, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A capacitor consisting of two concentric spheres is arranged so that
    the outer sphere can be separated and removed without disturbing the
    charges on either. The radius of the inner sphere is a and that of the outer
    sphere is b, and the charges are Q and -Q, respectively

    a) If the outer sphere is removed and restored to its original form, find the
    increase in energy when the two spheres are separated by a large distance.

    b) Where does this extra energy come from?

    2. Relevant equations

    no idea

    3. The attempt at a solution
    no idea

    The professor is teaching at a way higher level than necessary and I have no clue on what to do. Do I use gauss' law? maybe? I have no idea. please help
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  3. Oct 10, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    How do you normally work out the energy stored in a configuration of charges?
    You should have some notes on this.
  4. Oct 10, 2014 #3
    @renegade05, think of difference of electrostatic energies between two cases. Capacity of spherical capacitor is:
    Capacity of isolated sphere is?
    And formula for electrostatic energy you will use is?
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2014
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