Metal and charge

  • Thread starter jinyong
  • Start date
  • #1
20
0
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???
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
41
0
Because the electrons repel each other and the charge distribution acquires minimum potential energy by spreading uniformly over the surface..
 
  • #3
Meir Achuz
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
Gold Member
3,530
114
Because the electrons repel each other and the charge distribution acquires minimum potential energy by spreading uniformly over the surface..
The surface charge is usually not uniform. It is distributed so that the E
field is zero inside the metal.
 
  • #4
41
0
I was talking about the thin sheet there.
 

Related Threads on Metal and charge

  • Last Post
Replies
4
Views
5K
  • Last Post
Replies
5
Views
7K
  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
8
Views
1K
Replies
4
Views
942
Replies
1
Views
9K
Replies
14
Views
9K
Replies
2
Views
1K
Replies
12
Views
3K
Top