Theory and Hypothesis

A theory is a well-established principle that has been developed to explain some aspect of the natural world. A theory arises from repeated observation and testing and incorporates facts, laws, predictions, and tested hypotheses that are widely accepted.

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The results of Faraday experiments with concentric spheres can be summed up as an experimental law by stating that the electric flux passing through any imaginary sphere placed between two conducting sphere is equal to the charge enclosed within the surface of imaginary sphere. This enclosed charge is distributed either on the surface of the imaginary sphere or is located at a point at the center of the imaginary sphere.
However since 1 C of charge produces 1 C of electric flux, the inner conductor might just well have been a cube or a pot shaped conductor, but still the charge on the outer sphere will be the same. Of Course the flux density would change from its symmetrical distribution to an unknown configuration, but +Q C on any inner conductor will induced a –Q C of charge on surrounding sphere. Going a step further replacing outer sphere with a cylindrical conductor and inner sphere with a pot shaped conductor with charge Q. Producing Flux = Q C the induced charge in the cylindrical conductor will be –Q C. How Fascinating right??
This generalization lead to many developments one of them is discussed later in the next post. All the experiments performed by faraday on electromagnetism is a must read for every engineer. He gave us modern electromagnetics which is used almost in every hardware. I would try to post all his experiments, conclusions and generalization details on the site but self reading is the best reading.


The farady experiment is actually a pretty long one. So as not being in my course and beyond my historical scope. This post only covers essential edited out parts of the experiment that gave us modern definition of electric flux.
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