point charge enclosed by surface charge distribution

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by Niggu, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. Niggu

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jan 27, 2014
    A point charge QC is enclosed in a sphere of radius a with surface charge density ρC/m2.The problem is to find the net flux density at a spherical surface of radius b>a.Will the total charge enclosed be taken as Q+4∏ρa2 (it is square of a)? Will not the enclosed point charge induce a negative charge on sphere of radius a making the total charge enclosed equal to Q+4∏ρa2-Q?Please clarify..
  2. WBahn


    Mar 31, 2012
    How can the point charge induce a net charge on the enclosing sphere? Where would the charge go and/or come from? It can induce a charge separation within the enclosing sphere, but it can't cause charge to appear or disappear.
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