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- To describe the properties of conductors and how they are different from insulators.
- To be able to describe the nature of the electric fields around a set of isolated conductors in equilibrium.
- To be able to describe the process whereby hollow conductors shield their interiors from the electric fields of external charges but do not shield their exteriors from the electric fields of internal charges.
- To be able to describe the method of charging by induction and explain how it differs from charging by friction.
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Conductors and Insulators (PDF)
Read through the class slides. They explain all of the concepts from the module.
Do the Concept Questions first to make sure you understand the main concepts from this module. Then, when you are ready, try the Challenge Problems.
Concept Questions (PDF)
Challenge Problems (PDF)
Problem Solving Help
Watch the Problem Solving Help video for insights on how to approach and solve problems related to the concepts in this module.
Problem: A Solid Metal Sphere
A solid metal sphere of radius R has a charge of +Q placed on it. What is the electric field everywhere?
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