Problem: A net charge is placed on a hollow conducting sphere. How does the net charge distribute itself?A. The net charge uniformly distributes itself on the sphere's inner surface.B. The net charge uniformly distributes itself on the sphere's inner and outer surfaces.C. The net charge uniformly distributes itself on the sphere's outer surface.D. The net charge uniformly distributes itself throughout the thickness of the conducting sphere.E. The net charge clumps together at some location within the sphere.

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If there is net charge in the hollow conducting sphere, the like charges will repel each other.

Therefore, the charges distribute themselves as far apart as possible.

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A net charge is placed on a hollow conducting sphere. How does the net charge distribute itself?

A. The net charge uniformly distributes itself on the sphere's inner surface.

B. The net charge uniformly distributes itself on the sphere's inner and outer surfaces.

C. The net charge uniformly distributes itself on the sphere's outer surface.

D. The net charge uniformly distributes itself throughout the thickness of the conducting sphere.

E. The net charge clumps together at some location within the sphere.

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