A thin, metallic spherical shell contains a charge Q on it. A point charge q is placed at the centre of the shell and another charge q' is placed outside it. All the three charges are positive. The net force on the charge at the centre and the force due to shell on this charge is?
In my opinion the force on the central charge will be due to outside charge q' plus the force due to the shell. Now the force due to outside charge is 0 due to electrostatic shielding. Besides, the force due to shell can be seen in a two tier way.
In accordance with Gauss law the inner surface of the shell must have been induced with — q charge and the charge remaining on outer surface would be Q+q. This Q+q charge would be distributed non uniformly due to presence of q'. So force on q due to the shell can be seen as force due to two shells with charge — q distributed uniformly on one, and Q+q distributed non uniformly on the other.
The field due to these shells in the interior is 0 as can be explained by Gauss law. So the final answer I arrive at is 0 in both the cases. But this is only correct for the first part as force on q due to shell is towards right if the centre of the shell is positioned at (0,0,0).
I have explained my approach at length and think that I have got a problem with my concepts with regard to conductors. Any help would greatly be appreciated.