Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics (4th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0133942651
ISBN 13: 978-0-13394-265-1

Chapter 27 - Current and Resistance - Conceptual Questions - Page 761: 4


No, because there is no electric field inside of the wire. This is because there is no gradient of charge in the wire; both sides have a positive charge rather than one side having an excess negative charge and the other having an excess positive charge. Recall that we learned that the direction of an electric field points from positive to negative. If there were an electric field in this wire, what would be the direction of the field since there is only a positive charge in the wire? Again, because there isn't an electric field, there is no surface charge.

Work Step by Step

No work is needed for this problem.
Update this answer!

You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this answer.

Update this answer

After you claim an answer you’ll have 24 hours to send in a draft. An editor will review the submission and either publish your submission or provide feedback.