Department of Pre-University Education, KarnatakaPUC Karnataka Science Class 12
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One of Your Friends Says that He Has Read in the Previous Chapters that There Can Be No Electric Field Inside a Conductor. - Physics

Short Note

One of your friends says that he has read in the previous chapters that there can be no electric field inside a conductor. Consequently, there can be no current through it. What is the fallacy of this argument?

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Solution

You have studied in the previous chapters that when a static charge is given to a metal, the charge resides on its surface and there is no electric field inside it. But this is not the case when a charge is in motion. Current can flow through a conductor only when an electric field is established inside it. An electric field exists inside the conductor, as it is connected to the battery. Thus, current flows through the conductor.

Concept: Electric Currents in Conductors
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HC Verma Class 11, Class 12 Concepts of Physics Vol. 2
Chapter 10 Electric Current in Conductors
Short Answers | Q 6 | Page 196
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