The ability of an object to store electric charge.

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Different charges of plates of parallel plate capacitor

Suppose the plates of a parallel plate capacitor have charges +2Q and -Q initially. Then if they are connected with a battery of emf V what will be the charge distribution on the plates of capacitor? ...
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AP Physics 1/2- Electrostatics Capacitor [on hold]

I recently took a physics exam over Electrostatics Capacitor and was unsure about a couple of questions. the test was free response and I had to explain. Please tell me if my answer and reasoning ...
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Relyance of plate distance on the capacitor equation

I am studying capacitors and i cannot seem to understand why the increase/ decrease in voltage and distance between the plates would affect the capacitor's abillity to store charge. Can anyone help?? ...
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Dynamic energy of capacitors in circuit

If I have 3 capacitors and 1 battery in a circuit how should I connect them in order to have maximum dynamic energy, when I connect them with the battery? Parallel or in series?
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Is it possible to get an analytic expression of the capacitance for this geometry?

Here is the geometry I'm talking about: Assume the red rectangle is at some constant potential V, like 10 Volts, and the blue is at ground. We can assume that the rectangles extend infinitely (to ...
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Finding equivalent capacitance between A and B, [on hold]

Following is the question, asked is to find equivalent capacitance between A and B. I've tried couple of times and getting 7/3 micro farad as the answer while the correct answer is 8/3 micro farads. ...
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Charges on outer faces of parallel plate capcitor

Can there be charges on outer charges of a parallel plate capacitor if both the plates are initially charged by different amount and then connected with a battery.
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Where will the charge be stored in this capacitor?

A capacitor whose charged plate is hemispherical,concave side is facing each other then will the charge be stored on concave surface like all other capacitors(i.e. parallel plate,cylindrical etc.) or ...
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Mechanism by which a capacitor is charged, using surface charges

I want to gain a deeper understanding as to how a capacitor actually gets charged. Consider a situation in which an uncharged parallel plate capacitor is connected to a battery using two wires. I ...
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Current in a series L-C circuit [closed]

Suppose an inductor-coil, a capacitor and an AC source of rms voltage V are connected in series. Now if the frequency of the source is varied, what is the condition for the maximum rms current in the ...
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Current in inductor just after switch is closed

I have read that the current in an inductor resistor circuit just after closing the switch is zero. This is derived by finding the differential equation in terms of current by using KVL. Is this true ...
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Grounding system of conducting plates

So, I always make mistakes on problems such as this (the grounding part), so I'm hoping someone could really explain to me how the process works . There are n large parallel plate conductors carrying ...
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Can we “use” a capacitor while simultaneously charging it?

I know that capacitors can be charged to work like a battery . But I wanted to know whether we can charge a capacitor while it is in use ( given that the current supplied to it is more than what it ...
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Charging capacity and capacitance of a conductor

I know that charging capacity of a conductor is the maximum charge a conductor can hold And capacitance is the ability of a conductor to hold charge in a given potential . But how are these two ...
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What is space charge Capacitance of diode?

Most of the books say that $p$-type and $n$-type materials of diode act as parallel plates of space charge capacitance were as the depletion charges (uncovered) act as dielectric. Then why do these ...
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How to obtain $2\pi\epsilon_0$ when computing capacitance per unit length of a system?

To make my question more clear, I will use an example to illustrate it. Consider an infinite conducting plane, with a long conducting cylinder of radius $R$ at a distance $h$ away from it, with the ...
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Is the $C$ rating of a battery a measure of Capicitance or Charge?

I have become confused as to the meaning of what a C rating of a battery means. My understanding is that because a C rating is measured in milli-ampere hours the units should cancel to be a unit of ...
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AC circuit having a capacitor

Consider a parallel plate capacitor connected to an AC. The current in the circuit leads the emf by $\pi /2$. My question is, what does it mean that the current lead the emf by $\pi/2$? Does it ...
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capacity of the capacitor in two states

what is the difference between the capacity of the capacitor when we ignore the effect of the sides and in reality?(with regarding side effcts) this question is from"fundamental of physics by 'rex ...
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May the total charge in a supercapacitor be different using unipolar and bipolar voltage power supply?

Consider a supercapacitor where a Helmoltz double layer is formed at each of the 2 electrodes, which is like having 2 capacitors mounted in series, but with different polarities. The total charge at ...
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What does potential mean in capacitor?

Technically potential means work done to move a unit positive charge from one point to another against electrical field but What does potential mean in a capacitor?
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Will the two capacitors be charged in this circuit?

Is such a circuit possible to exist with the two capacitors charging? Because if we considered the outer loop using Kirchhoff's law we get: ℰ = q1/C1 + q2/C2 But since the two capacitors are ...
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How is a change in capacitance detected in a touch-screen?

So the screen has lines of conductors horizontally and vertically, seperated by a dielectric, and thus forming a grid of capacitators where the ones in one "row" are in parallell on the one side, and ...
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Principle of capacitor

It is said that second conductor reduces the potential of fist conductor and hence increases charge taking ability of first conductor My confusion... As per my limited knowledge it is electric ...
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Steady state RLC circuit analysis

In an RLC series circuit let applied EMF be given $V=V_0\sin\omega t$, $$Z=Z_C+Z_R+Z_L=R+i\left(\frac{1}{\omega C}-\omega L\right)$$ $$|Z|=\sqrt{R^2+\left(\frac{1}{\omega C}-\omega L\right)^2}$$ Then ...
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Capacitor and inductive coil in AC circuit

Does increase in $L$ of inductive coil with variable no. of turns or $C$ of capacitor with changeable capacitance increase frequency of the circuit?
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The effect of an electric field on capacitance

Decreasing the distance between the two parallel plates of a capacitor increases the amount of charge that can be held on each plate. If this is because the charges are attracted to each other and ...
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Understanding Capacitors [duplicate]

I cannot understand how capacitors work. Electric field is supposedly uniform between the parallel plates of a capacitor. But how? Since $E=\frac{kq}{d^2}$, shouldn't the electric field approach ...
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What is the work done by battery and what does work done on battery mean?

Suppose we have a charged capacitor connected to a battery. Now we push the plates of the capacitor away from each other decreasing capacitance and hence energy stored in the capacitor decreases. Now ...
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Brightness of 2 Lightbulbs hooked up to Capacitor [closed]

The figure shows a circuit consisting of a battery, a switch, two identical lightbulbs, and a capacitor that is initially uncharged. a. Immediately after the switch is closed, are either or both ...
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Phase difference in currents in parallel RC circuit

shouldn't the phase difference be 0. The potential difference across any branch at any instant should be V.so what's wrong ?btw correct answer is (C)
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Does the energy inside a capacitor has a variable dependency of the capacity?

While studying energy inside capacitors, I came up with something: If we can calculate the energy inside it as: $$U=\frac{1}{2}QV=\frac{1}{2}CV^2=\frac{1}{2}\frac{Q^2}{C}$$ Then, why in some cases ...
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Immersing a copper sphere into a conducting liquid that is itself in a conducting bath [closed]

Question A small copper sphere of radius a is half immersed at the surface of a poorly conducting liquid of resistivity $\rho$. The liquid is contained in a spherical copper bath of radius b, where b ...
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Why is capacitance defined as charge divided by voltage?

I understand that capacitance is the ability of a body to store an electrical charge and the formula is $C=\frac{Q}{V}$. What I don't understand, however, is why it is defined as coulomb per volt. Of ...
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Spherical 'capacitor' with only one charged plate

A question I came across asks about two concentric spherical conductors where only the inner sheet is charged. The question first asks to find the capacitance of such an arrangement. The first part ...
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What is the potential difference between the plates? field around the plates? charge is on each plate? [closed]

What is the potential difference between the plates? field around the plates? charge is on each plate?
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What happens to the electric field at the boundary of a dielectric?

The question in the title is a broader one, but for now, I want to confine myself to the following problem. I have the task to find the potential difference between points A and B shown in the ...
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Why there cannot be induction current between plates of capacitor while discharging?

If a capacitor gets charged by induction through the plates, then why there is no induction current between them while discharging instead of displacement current ?
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Whats the meaning of this equation relating electric field and potential energy?

My electrodynamics teacher was explaining that it is required to apply some energy (or do some work) on charges in order to arrange them in space. When he stated an example about energy in a capacitor ...
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What is the player's role in the functioning of a theremin?

I recently see a video on how the theremin works, and wasn't satisfied with the answer. I watched around, but they all seem to give the same explanation. A diagram as below is given, and it is ...
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Capacitor in AC circuit

Can someone explain to me the process of discharging of a capacitor when the EMF of AC source is decreasing? And where do charges go? I mean if there's a weak battery, it will be charged but what ...
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How, if at all, does the behavior of a parallel plate capacitor change in the presence of a magnetic field?

I'm an AP physics student curious about magnetism and my teacher couldn't answer this question. We already learned about velocity selectors, so I know that, when the plates of the capacitor are in the ...
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I don't get the idea of potential in a capacitor [closed]

First off, what is meant by the potential of the conductors? Also potential difference between the two conductors is a function of distance from either right? Then why does it have an exact value. For ...
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doubt from capacitance and capacitors

Can a charged capacitor mathematically be represented as uncharged capacitor connected in series with battery of opposing emf ? Please explain with an example
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Arms of Parallal Plate Capacitor

In case if Parallel Plate Capacitors, is it necessary for the two plates to be equal in length? If yes why? And if they were not equal, what would be the problem?
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Finding Inductance in an AC RLC Circuit?

In the laboratory you find an inductor of unknown inductance $L$ and unknown internal resistance $R$. Using a dc ohmmeter, an ac voltmeter of high impedance, a 1 microfarad capacitor, and a 1000 Hz ...
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How do I calculate the relative permittivity of a capacitor given when only given 2 charges? [closed]

I have a past paper question which gives me the external charge of this capacitor 7.1μC and the internal charge caused by the resultant field as 1.3μC, how do I calculate the relative permittivity? ...
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What happens in the RC circuit when being charged?

Say I have this RC circuit and at the start, the switch is off (current going from left to right and the starting point is just above the battery). I understand that then the capacitor acts just ...
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is there any way to create electric field around two similarly charged plates?

Can an electric field exist around two similarly charged plates, like if we consider to put small paper pallets around it so that it can attract paper pallets without generating repulsion ?
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Attractive force between capacitor plates

A textbook question requires me to calculate the force of attraction between plates of a parallel-plate capacitor. The answer provided is $\frac{1}{2}QE$. I am not entirely sure how they arrived at ...