1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data I understand why, using Gauss's law, the net charge within a conductor should be zero at any point. However, when I try making a Gaussian surface that is so small so as to enclose a single proton, I cannot see why the enclosed charge should be zero for that situation as well, which seems to throw off everything. 2. Relevant equations Electric Flux through a Gaussian surface = Qenc/epsilonnought 3. The attempt at a solution The electric field at any point on the Gaussian surface should be zero, which means that phiE =0, which should mean that the enclosed total charge = 0. But if only a proton is within this Gaussian surface how is this possible?