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Gaussian electron cloud

  1. Nov 9, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    draw the field lines of a simple hydrogen atom model. A case is given where a proton is surrounded by an electron cloud. Without getting into quantum mechanics how would represent the field lines of this mini sphere inside and out.

    2. Relevant equations
    gauss's law

    3. The attempt at a solution
    since the 2 charges are the same I think there would be no field lines going out and the field lines would just be going from the proton to the electron correct?
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  3. Nov 9, 2009 #2


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    Yeah, that's correct. Remember that the electron cloud exerts no force on anything inside of it, so the electric field inside the cloud is the same as if the cloud didn't exist.
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