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Metal and charge

  1. Feb 23, 2007 #1
    Why is it that when there's transfer of charge onto the metal it always forms on as close to the surface as possible and in a thin sheet???
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  3. Feb 24, 2007 #2
    Because the electrons repel each other and the charge distribution acquires minimum potential energy by spreading uniformly over the surface..
  4. Feb 24, 2007 #3

    Meir Achuz

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    The surface charge is usually not uniform. It is distributed so that the E
    field is zero inside the metal.
  5. Feb 28, 2007 #4
    I was talking about the thin sheet there.
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