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Metal sphere charge

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Just wondering: If a metal sphere is charged, will the extra charge be uniformly distributed over the volume of the sphere.

i think that it will? but not sure about it being uniformly distributed.
 

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Just wondering: If a metal sphere is charged, will the extra charge be uniformly distributed over the volume of the sphere.

i think that it will? but not sure about it being uniformly distributed.
What is the value of the electric field inside a [charged] conductor?
 
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What is the value of the electric field inside a [charged] conductor?
zero...im sorry but i dont really see the connection
 
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Correct. Having charges distributed over the entire volume of the sphere, would mean that there must be some net charge inside the sphere, which would result in a non-zero electric field. So, where must the charges be distributed?
 
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Correct. Having charges distributed over the entire volume of the sphere, would mean that there must be some net charge inside the sphere, which would result in a non-zero electric field. So, where must the charges be distributed?
sorry, i really don't know where the charges should be distributed. im guessing the outer surface of the sphere?
 
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im guessing the outer surface of the sphere?
Correct :approve:. If the charges are uniformally distributed on the outer surface of the sphere, then this results in the electric field inside the sphere being zero.
 
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great thanks so much! =)
 

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