Q 1.24(a): Two large, thin metal plates are parallel and close to each other. On their inner faces, the plates have surface charge densities of opposite signs and of magnitude What is E: (a) in the outer region of the first plate
We know, electric field, E, due to an infinite plate (length>>thickness) having surface charge density = .
(To note: It's independent of distance from the plate!)
In region outside first plate,
Since, both plates have same surface charge density(in magnitude only), their electric fields are same in magnitude in this region but opposite in direction.
(E due to positive plate away from it and E due to negative plate towards it!)
Hence, Electric field in the outer region of the first plate is Zero.