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Homework Help: Where does charge go

  1. May 4, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    given a spherical conductor with charge -5 units per unit volume, inside of a thick, spherical shell with charge +2 units per unit volume, where is the charge on the shell?

    2. Relevant equations
    conceptual questions

    3. The attempt at a solution

    this isn't a homework question,i just don't remember where charges go on a conductor.
    are they always on the surface(s)?
    are they distributed evenly throughout?

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  3. May 4, 2012 #2


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    hi jehan60188! :smile:
    from the pf library
    In equilibrium, the charge inside a conductor is zero, and the density of charge at the surface is greater where the radius of curvature is less (and in the direction of increasing surface component of any applied field).​
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