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If a body has a charge of 1.6 x 10^-16 c. And an uncharged body is bought into contact with the charged body and then separeted. How will the charge redistribute.. as charge is quantised it can't have a charge of e/2?

If a body has a charge of 1.6 x 10^-16 c. And an uncharged body is bought into contact with the charged body and then separeted. How will the charge redistribute.. as charge is quantised it can't have a charge of e/2?

Grade:12

1 Answers

Eshan
askIITians Faculty 2095 Points
2 years ago
Dear student,

When the number of electrons are large, they are redistributed until the two bodies attain equal potential. This is because only in this state will the energy of system be least, and it will be under a stable equilibrium.It is important to note that this redistribution takes place due to interaction of electrons or charges with one another.

However in this case, the potential of a single electron(independent of any other charge in the universe) will be same everywhere, be it on any of the two bodies, so it can reside on any of the two bodies and will not be in a state of stable equilibrium.

Regards.

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