Mastering Physics Solutions: Charge Distribution on a Conductor with a Cavity

Charge Distribution on a Conductor with a Cavity

Part A = Option 3

Solution Below:

A positive charge is brought close to a fixed neutral conductor that has a cavity. The cavity is neutral; that is, there is no net charge inside the cavity.

Part A

Which of the figures best represents the charge distribution on the inner and outer walls of the conductor?

The charges in a conductor will redistribute themselves so that there is no electric field inside (otherwise you would have a current). So there are no charges in the cavity. Option 3 is the correct answer.

Option 3

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