The ability of an object to store electric charge.

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Potential of 2 parallel plates

How can I write down a potential of 2 parallel plates (area $A$) with charge $+Q$, $-Q$ such that V(inf)=0 and V(in) is what I would expect, $Ed = Qd/A\epsilon_0$. Do I have to write a discontinuous ...
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Capacitance and Voltage Drops

Let's say that Switch $S$ is closed. I have a conceptual question: If a stream of particles acquire a potential difference upon exiting the battery, why will they lose some of that potential ...
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If the capacitor material is replaced by a dielectric what would be its effect? [closed]

If the capacitor material is replaced by a dielectric what would be its effect?
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Current in an RC Circuit

If an $emf$ leaves from point A, the concepts at play in the following diagram are straightforward: at any time, the $I_{R}$ = $I_{c}$ as time increases, $\Delta V$ across $R$ decreases and it ...
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(Capacitance of a battery?) Finding the charge accumulated on a rod

We all know the expression for the potential difference across a conducting rod moving through a region with a uniform magnetic field: $\epsilon = B l v$ Now my question is different. Is it ...
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The advantages of a dielectric in a capacitor

In a capacitor a dielectric can be placed in between the two plates. I have trouble understanding the points / advantages of a dielectric from what I have read in a text book. The points written there ...
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Why is there current in LC Circuits?

When we connect two electric sources (positive to positive and negative to negative) then the current that runs the circuit is calculated as follows: $ I = (E1-E2)/(2r + R) $ In case of an LC ...
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Both plates of capacitor have positive voltage

If both the plates of a capacitor are connected to positive voltage (say, one is +10V and the other is +5V), but there is a voltage difference between the plates, will the capacitor be charged? And ...
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Current in a fluorescent tube that is not in a circuit

In Walter Lewin's 8.02 Electricity and Magnetism course, he places a fluorescent tube pointing radially outwards from a large Van der Graaf (VDG) generator. Due to the VDG's E-field, this causes a ...
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Capacitance and grouping of capacitors [duplicate]

What happens when positve end of a capacitor is joined with negative end of another capacitor. Will there would be charge flow.
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charge distribution on three conducting plates [closed]

There are three parallel plates identical and equidistant. A charge q is given to the first plate.And then the second and third plate are connected with wire.Then how to find its charge distribution. ...
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Can Van Allen Radiation belts act as a capacitor?

There are two Van Allen Belts at rougly 5000Km and 17000Km from the surface of the Earth each of them containing majority of one of the charges electrons and protons). Can these belts like a ...
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charged dieletric/conductor in capacitor

It is a standard problem to consider a dielectric or a conductor between the parallel plates of a capacitor. But what happens to capacity, voltage, charge, inserting between the plates of an ideal ...
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Capacitance per unit charge of three long rods, two of which are connected

Suppose we have three very long rods, each with diameter $a$, placed so that their "centers" form an equilateral triangle, with sided of length $d$. Two of the wires are connected with a thin wire ( ...
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Capacitance per unit length of a system containing uniformly charged rod and and infinite charged plate

Suppose we have an infinite plane, and a uniformly charged rod of radius $a$ and linear charge density $\alpha$, parallel to the plane and at distance $d$ from it. Net charge of the plane is $0$. Rod ...
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The force acting on a plate of a parallel capacitor

How can you prove (using high-school-knowledge) that the force which acts on one plate of a parallel capacitor is equal $F = \frac{E \cdot Q}{2}$ Where $E = \frac{U}{d}$ is the magnitude of the ...
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Physical Explanation of the steady state in RC circuits

Given a simple RC circuit with a resistance $R$ connected to a capacitor $C$, the differential equation that describes the voltage is $$C \dot V + V/R = 0$$ whose solution is $$V= V(t) = V_0 ...
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Force per unit length between two long parallel wires, one of which is insulated

Suppose we have two very long parallel wires of radius $a$ and distance between their axes $d$ ($d>>a$). The first wire if is carrying charge of linear charge density $\alpha$ and is insulated ...
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Charge density on a plate of a realistic capacitor

Suppose we have a realistic capacitor,connected to a constant voltage source, with plates at some distance $d$ and a varying charge density across plate due to edge effects. Is it correct to assume ...
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Capacitance of two non parallel plates

What is the formula for capacitance of two non parallel plates at an angle with each other?If the plates were parallel then the value can be calculated as (PermittivityX area of one plate)/distance ...
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Dependence of capacitance on its build material

We know that the capacitance of a capacitor depends on the dielectric material in between the plates as $$C=\dfrac{K\epsilon_0 A}{d}\,.$$ But what if the electrode material is changed? For example ...
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capacitors - Square circuit of two capacitors charging in a changing magnetic field

I've been studying capacitors and DC circuits, and I received this question as part of my homework: The above circuit is a square circuit with side a. E and F are the midpoints of AB and CD ...
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The physics behind capacitive touch sensing

Can someone explain the mechanism of capacitive touch sensing? According to http://www.planetanalog.com/document.asp?doc_id=527410&site=planetanalog&print=yes, it mentions "fringing fields", ...
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Power in a circuit why is V constant

In deriving the power of a circuit we can do the following: $$\text{P}=\frac{dw}{dt}=\frac{dQ}{dt}\frac{dw}{dQ}=\text{IV}$$ But this assumes that $V$ (since $w=VQ$) is a constant. Why can we assume ...
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Finding energy stored in a capacitor

i am given a voltage time graph for a capacitor circuit. How to find energy stored in that capacitor at various time instants? Can we just calculate by using $\frac{1}{2}CV^2$ We are given capacitance ...
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What are the consequences of connecting a non-ideal conductor to a battery in open loop?

Suppose I have a battery with $\Delta V=5[\mathrm{V}]$. Now I connect a piece of a metal wire to the "+" side of the battery only. Let's assume that the ambient air is not conductive at all: Are ...
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Why capacitance is given as constant value in Farads, and not as max charge in Coulombs?

The equation for capacitance is $Q=CV$ or $V={1\over C}Q$. I don't understand what is the physical meaning of this "$C$": Does the charge in a system changes linearly with voltage under all ...
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Why does energy rise in a constant voltage capacitor after inserting a dielectric?

For example from this link: http://te.fisica.edu.uy/fuerza_en_Capacitor.pdf we can deduce, that the work the electric field inside a constant-voltage capacitor does during the insertion of a ...
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RL vs RC circuits

I find it difficult to understand as to why current behaves differently in an RL and an RC circuit. At time $t=0$, in an RC circuit the current is maximum, whereas in an RL circuit its $0$. Why is it ...
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Discharging capacitor

When the capacitor is fully charged and the switch as it B, how can we apply KVL at that loop to reduce the equation to (-IR)? Why is it negative? At time = 0 is the current not zero? And it will ...
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Negative charge on capacitor, Kirchoff differential equation with step function

I'm solving a differential equation of the form $$200q'+\frac{200}{3}q=3U_o-6U_6+3U_{12}$$ Where $U$ is the Heaviside step function. $q(0)=0 [Coulombs] $ After solving it, I get that at time $t=18$ ...
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Variation of Peak Current and Peak Voltage with Capacitance in an AC circuit

The relation of Peak current, Peak voltage and Capacitive Reactance in Alternating Current is given by: $$i_m=\frac{v_m}{X_c}$$ and $$X_c=\frac{1}{C\omega }$$ So if we have a circuit with a ...
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Capacitors in Series and Parallel [closed]

I'm working on a physics project and we're disagreeing on how to analyze a circuit. I think the circuit should be $(1/c_1 + 1/c_2)^{-1} + c_3$ and other people in my group think it should be $((c_3 + ...
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Capacitance in a parallel plate cap with the real electric field

In many books of general physics, they prove the equations for capacitance of a cap of parallel plates as if the electric field where constant everywhere but what would happen if we take the real ...
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What does a relativistically moving capacitor “look” like? [duplicate]

Suppose I have a parallel plate capacitor with a vacuum between the plates, a voltage $V$ across them and a capacitance of $C$. What will this arrangement look like to an observer in a uniformly ...
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Capacitors and Resistors - Series or Parallel?

I recently came across a problem in which a 12v DC power supply is connected in parallel to (in one loop) a one microfarad capacitor and a one kilo-ohm resistor. In the other loop is a 1000 microfarad ...
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Why does an electric field oppose the flow of positive ion?

I'm solving a very interesting problem. Suppose a cell is divided into inside and outside. Inside we have positive ions and outside we also have positive ions in different concentration. Suppose ...
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Dependence of the Capacitance on the Material and Geometry of the Plates

I have two questions concerning capacitors: 1) We know that the capacitance of a capacitor also depend on the dielectric material inside as $C=$ $\dfrac{K \epsilon_0 A}{d}$ But what if the ...
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Effect of Motion on Capacitors

What will happen if a capacitor is accelerated or rotated very very fast? Will its capacitance decrease? Will one of the plates be able to hold the electrons which is providing the Potential ...
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How thin a practical capacitor can be?

According to the formula of a $parallel$ $plate$ capacitor... $C$ $=$ $\dfrac{\epsilon_0 A}{d}$ The thinner the capacitor, more the charge it will be able to store... And hence the graph should ...
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What stored charges do in a capacitor? [closed]

Why does a fan need capacitor? Capacitor is just providing charges to fan but it can be accomplished without it by directly connecting fan with electric supply. Which other appliances need capacitor?
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What is zero impedance in AC circuit?

If a capacitor is connected with an inductor, then because $$Z=\frac{1}{j\omega C}+j\omega L,$$ the Z may be zero. Does that mean when I apply a voltage, the current will be infinite large? What's ...
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Energy of moving capacitor

On the following link were a discussion about energy in capacitor moving parallel to its field: Where's the energy in a boosted capacitor? My question is what happen if capacitor is moving ...
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What is special about the ratio $Q/V$ that we give it the name Capacitance?

Why is the ratio Charge/Potential important? Also, usually when we add charge, the potential changes. Then why do we care how much charge we can put on a conductor for a given potential.
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Loading a capacitor in an RC circuit

I have an RC circuit to which I am going to apply voltages of 5V every 100ns. So every 100ns, the capacitor will change its "state" from charging up to uncharging. I have been trying to find the a ...
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Is voltage difference always proportional to its derivative?

We write, because of Ohm's law: $$V=RI(t),$$ but also we have $$C\frac{dV}{dt}=I(t).$$ From the first equation we deduce that $V\propto I$ and from the second $\dot V\propto I$. So we can conclude ...
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I wonder why I cannot charge a capacitor with alternating current?

Why can't I charge the capacitor with AC? How do the plates block the flow of electrons with DC but not with AC. Somebody told me that the DC is blocked by the capacitor, so the capacitor gets ...
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Capacitance changes by a factor of 3 or 9?

This is an example problem with solution in a book I am reading on electrostatics. "We have two square parallel plate capacitors with length $a$ and separation $d$ with $d<<a$. If we triple ...
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How can a paper battery behave like a capacitor?

I was trying to understand how paper batteries work and came across some explanations saying that the paper battery can also behave like a supercapacitor on account of its ability to discharge and to ...
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Capacitor-like-thing for controlling temperature of fluid?

I want to minimise the Gibbs' phenomenon like thing i.e. sudden peaks (temperature peaks here) in a container. Assume you have a cone where you want to block the transmittance of the temperature into ...