Total Excess Charge using a Coulomb Balance

• ZedCar

Homework Statement

If conducting a Coulomb Balance experiment, and a question asks to estimate the total excess charge on a sphere with a conducting surface charged to 2,000,000V potential.

Is there a specific equation I should be using to estimate this?

Thank you.

P.S. why are spheres used in such an experiment, and not some other shape?

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Homework Statement

If conducting a Coulomb Balance experiment, and a question asks to estimate the total excess charge on a sphere with a conducting surface charged to 2,000,000V potential.

Is there a specific equation I should be using to estimate this?

Thank you.

P.S. why are spheres used in such an experiment, and not some other shape?

V = q/R
'cause they make the math easy.

Is it not C = 4∏ε0r

(Sorry for large font, I was trying to obtain a small 0 beside ε!)

Is it not C = 4∏ε0r

(Sorry for large font, I was trying to obtain a small 0 beside ε!)

Yes, sure. In either case though you have to know the value of r.

(I assume you got the right formula for C of a sphere.)

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