Potential of a conductor

Physics Asked by Vibhu Mishra on October 12, 2020

When a charge is placed on a conductor why and how does it potential increase?

It was given in my book that when a charge is placed on a Conductor its potential increase. But why does this happen?

One Answer

When you place the charge Q on the conductor, it will increase the electric field around it. Whereas electric potential is directly proportional to the electric field (E = V / r) (where r is the distance from the conductor).

           E = V / r   ===> V = E * r

from this expression its clear when you increase the electric field by adding charges, it will increase the electric potential as well.

Answered by abinath on October 12, 2020

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