# Charge on capacitor plates in series combination?

Suppose 2 capacitors are connected in series, the plates connected to the battery terminals receive charges $+q$ and $-q$, and the isolated plates in the combination receive equal and opposite charges through induction. Now my question is, why is that the induced opposite charge on the plates isolated (i.e. not connected to the rest of the circuit through wires as in any ordinary series combination of capacitors) from the other two plates equal to the inducing charge on the plates connected to the battery?

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There is a difference between our idealized problems and what we have in reality. In reality, the induced charge is almost never equal to the charge on the other plates. –  Ali Jun 11 '13 at 11:56