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Redistribution of Charges and Loss of Energy

When two charged conductors joined together through a conducting wire, the charge begins to flow from one conductor to another from higher potential to lower potential. This flow of charge stops when they attain the same potential.
Due to the flow of charge, loss of energy also takes place in the form of heat through the connecting wire.
Suppose there are two spherical conductors of radii r1 and r2, having charges Q1 and Q2, potentials V1 and V2, energies U1 and U2, and capacitances C1 and C2, respectively (Fig. 2).
Fig. 2
If these two spheres are connected through a conducting wire, then the alteration of charge, potential, and energy takes place.

New charge

According to the conservation of charge, 66644.png (say),
Fig. 3
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Common potential


Energy loss

The loss of energy due to redistribution of charge is given by

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