The problem is : The conducting spheres (s1) of radius R and (s2) of radius 2R of the figure shown are connected by a thin wire. The conducting sphere (s3) of radius R is connected to ground. A charge Q is placed on the sphere (s1). 1- Determine the charges Q1,Q2,and Q3 thus distributed on the 3 spheres (s1),(s2) and (s3) respectivly. 2- Determine the respective potentials v1 and v2 on spheres (s1) and (s2). 3- Determine the self capacitance C of the group of spheres (s1) and (s2). 4-determine the coefficient of influence C' between the group of spheres (s1) and (s2) and sphere (s3). 5- The thin wire is now cut at points of contact with the two spheres (s1) and (s2),in moving sphere (s3) (always connected to earth) away from the spheres(s1) and(s2). What wouid then become : a- The charges on (s1),(s2)and (s3)? b-The potentials of (s1) and (s2)? I solved question 1 in this way but I'm not sure about the solution: 1- v1=Q1/4∏εR +Q2/4∏ε(20R) +Q3/4∏ε(40R). v2=Q1/4∏ε(20R) +Q2/4∏ε(2R) +Q3/4∏ε(20R). as (s1) and (S2) are connected by a thin wire then:v1=v2...(1) we can say that Q=Q1+Q2...(2) v3=Q3/4∏εR +Q2/4∏ε(20R)+Q1/4∏ε(40R)=0....(3) what I finally get is : Q1=(722/2239)Q, Q2=1517/2239)Q, Q3=-(939/22390)Q Is condition (1) right ? since in question 2 he asked to determine v1 and v2. (or it is a trick?) If anybody can help to be sure about my answer and complete the problem. the figure is in the attachment.