Jam and Sam are standing on an insulating platform and holding hands when they are given a charge, Jam is larger than Sam. Who has the larger amount of charge, or do they both have the same...

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Ordinary materials contain as many positive particles as they have negative particles, hence they are neutral. Only when electrons begin to accumulate (or are extracted) from a body, do electric charges develop. Standing on an insulating platform and holding hands, when Jam and Sam are given a charge, both acquire equipotential status.

As Jam is larger than Sam, he can accumulate (or supply) greater number of electrons while charging and as a result Jam should carry greater amount of charge in his body. Their bodies will possess equal potential though, as they are connected by holding hands.

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