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Gauss's Law Zero Field Means Zero Charge

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If the electric field at all points on a closed Gaussian surface is zero, does this mean that the net charge enclosed by the surface is zero?

A

Yes; zero field everywhere means zero flux everywhere.

B

Yes; zero electric field means that there are no charges of any kind in the region.

C

No; there may be some positive and some negative charges enclosed within the surface.

D

No; zero field could be caused by charges outside of the surface as well as inside the surface.

E

No; it is impossible for charges to exist and yet electric field to be zero everywhere.