Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 17 - Electric Potential - Questions: 11

Answer

a. They will have the same potential. b. Yes. Q/2.

Work Step by Step

a. When the two spheres touch, they form one large conductor, and therefore must have the same potential. Conductors are equipotentials. b. The spheres are identical. By symmetry, they must each hold an amount of charge Q/2, so that is how much flows from the initially charged sphere to the other.
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