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What happens when a charged object is earthed?

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simezz | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted September 25, 2012 at 8:28 PM via web

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What happens when a charged object is earthed?

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quantatanu | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM (Answer #1)

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all the charge goes to the earth. Because earth has zero potential due to its large size (Potential proportional to 1/radius), and as the charged object has positive potential it will flow from that body to earth as charge flows from higher to lower potential.

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