The ability of an object to store electric charge.

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Argument for symmetry of potential of a spherical capacitor filled with dielectric

A spherical capacitor with inner radius $r_1$ and outer radius $r_2$ is filled with dielectric material with permittivity $\epsilon=\epsilon_0+\epsilon_1\cos^2\theta $. $\theta$ is the polar angle. ...
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Why can rolled up capacitors be modelled as flat parallel plates?

If you have two parallel plate of opposite charge with a dielectric in between, then Capacitance, $ C = \frac{A \epsilon_{0}}{d} K$, where $ K $ is the dielectric constant. This is used to calculate ...
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How is capacitance of a cylindrical capacitor calculated?

I've just begun learning capacitance, and my lecture notes have a section on calculating capacitance for capacitors in vacuum of various shapes, e.g. two parallel plates and concentric spherical ...
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Why is capacitor used?

I don't quite get the practical use of a capacitor. The theory is fine, but in simple words please explain how, why and where capacitors are used? Is there any other equivalent circuit for capacitors? ...
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How to calculate the charge on a capacitor [closed]

I have a network in which $C_1$ ($8.73 \;\rm \mu F$) and $C_2$ ($2.46 \;\rm \mu F$) are connected in parallel and $C_3$ ($7.45 \;\rm \mu F$) and $C_4$ ($2.22 \;\rm \mu F$) are connected in parallel. ...
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Capacitor physics problem

I read in a book that if both the plates of a parallel plate capacitor are given equal positive charges q, then the charges on the facing surfaces will be zero and the charge on the outer surfaces is ...
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Principle of superposition for capacitor

In a capacitor the parallel plates of opposite charge create equal electric fields in opposite directions. We know field outside the capacitor is zero but inside the capacitor it is non zero. My ...
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Why is parasitic capacitance in inductor said to be in parallel?

Internal resistance of inductance (or other devices) are said to be in series. But parasitic capacitance is said to be in parallel (in case of an inductor). Why is that so? What determines whether an ...
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Help in Basics for Capacitance

How does capacitor store a charge? I'm a little bit confused, as I know that a capacitor stores charge but how does it do so?
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Basic of Capacitor

I've 2 capacitors; plate area, difference between plates and dielectric is same. Only thing is that the metal used in plates is different. Since the formula $\displaystyle C=\frac{\varepsilon A}{d}$ ...
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Why is $I_0\sin\left(\dfrac{\pi}{2}-\omega t\right)$ not used as a solution of the purely capacitive AC circuit?

Why is $I_0\sin\left(\dfrac{\pi}{2}-\omega t\right)$ not used as a solution of the purely capacitive circuit? My Research I've searched on Google, Phys.SE and many school level Physics books ...
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Capacitance: How to increase total charge drawn from a battery?

I can't seem to find any information about how parallel capacitors or capacitors in a series affect how much a capacitor can charge, not in my textbook or online. Here is the question I am trying to ...
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What will happen when “earthing” is not an option?

I know that earth has a very high capacitance (of about 711$\mu$F) and it would take a lot of time for this but since we earth almost all our appliances for safety, wouldnt one day come when earth ...
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Capacitor charging, work done by battery on changing polarity

A uncharged capacitor $C$ is connected to a battery with potential $V$. It becomes fully charged and has a charge $Q=CV$ stored on it. Now the polarity of the battery is reversed. The capacitor will ...
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Why does a $1/2$ appear in this simple capacitor equation?

The maximum energy stored by a capacitor is when it's (theoretically) fully charged or just before it reaches dielectric breakdown, if you will. It seems, then, that the maximum energy ($E$) $=QV$ ...
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Charge On parallel plate capacitor?

Suppose if we supply two plates of parallel plate capacitor with charges $Q_1$ and $Q_2$.What would be the charge of the capacitor? As the field inside plate should be zero and hence using gauss law I ...
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Charging a spherical capacitance

How could one charge a spherical capacitor with a battery or any other emf source?
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Does the Fringe effect occur in capacitors in the interdigitated form?

I am currently doing my undergrad dissertation on graphene supercapacitors. I have read that the fringe effect is a well established phenomenon on parallel plate capacitors, but does it also occur in ...
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Electric Potential Change

Imagine we have a conductor in the shape of a sphere with charge $Q$ on it. The conductor is not grounded. There is an associated potential $V=\frac{Q}{4\pi\epsilon_0 R}$ at and in the sphere, where ...
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Can the potential difference produced in Van De Graff generator used to generate electric current?

If this machine can build up high voltages of order of millions of volts, can we use this volt the generate current of electrons? The building up of potential difference can result in electric field. ...
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Application of Displacement Current

I'm reasonably happy with the derivation and results of displacement current, however, I'd like to be aware of a few practical applications of this idea. So far, the only one I'm aware of is when ...
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Energy conservation when capacitor charges in a zero resistance circuit

We know that when a capacitor charges from a source $E$, it stores energy of $E=\frac{1}{2}QV $. This is derived without taking into consideration any resistances present in the circuit. We also ...
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Breakdown voltage

Capacitor (Geiger counter) is made out of wire with radius $R_1 = 5 mm$ and coaxial tube with radius $R_2 = 5 cm$. What is the maximum voltage on the capacitor, given the breakdown voltage of air ...
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Charge distribution inside a parallel plate capacitor [closed]

I'm having difficulty deriving a known expression for the magnitude of the Electric Field within a parallel plate capacitor with applied potential difference $V$ and an immobile charge distribution ...
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What happens in a circuit, when the wire and the battery are superconducting. And shorted

When a wire with no resistance is connected to the terminals of an ideal battery, will a current exist in the circuit? If a capacitor is added to the circuit, will it be charged by the battery or will ...
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What is the correct way to take out equivalent capacitance here?

So here I have a capacitor with two plates , one positively charged and one negatively, as shown in the figure. Now the material between them is $k_1$ for thickness d/2 and $k_2$ for the other d/2. ...
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Three-plate capacitor [closed]

What is the total capacitance of this capacitor? Is it analogous to the case of inserting a plate into a capacitor (essentially creating two capacitors in series)?
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Wheatstone bridge Capacitor,Dead Capacitor [closed]

I want to know that if in a Wheatstone Bridge ,that is made of capacitors only we have this condition $c_1c_3=c_2c_4$. The $c_5$ capacitor would be dead and it's voltage would be zero? Actually I ...
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What is a non-linear capacitor?

I'm new here. I have a (maybe dumb) question: What are non-linear capacitors? I'm given a circuit including a capacitor and the question says The given capacitor is non-linear with the ...
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Kirchoff's rules and RC circuits [closed]

You can view the image bigger: http://i.stack.imgur.com/4moUP.png I'm studying RC circuits and I can't understand the part when we use Kirchoff's rule. When working with batteries, when we're ...
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What is the capacitance of parallel plate capacitor with different electrode material?

What is the capacitance of parallel plate capacitor with different electrode material? The capacitance of parallel plate capacitor depends on dielectric material, surface area, and separation between ...
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Energy Stored in a Capacitor with and without Dielectric

I have seen the equation $V = \frac {V_0}{K}$, but also the equation $V=\frac{1}{2}CV^2$. The values of C and V increase in the same linear ration with K (because $C=KC_0$). However, as the energy ...
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Simultaneous Charging and Discharging Capacitor

sorry if I sound little noobish. Though I have a fairly good understanding of physics, I sometimes don't understand the electrical aspects. Say there is a capacitor. This capacitor is expected to act ...
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Charging a capacitor

Below is an excerpt from a physics textbook: One common way to charge a capacitor is to connect these two wires to opposite terminals of a battery. Once the charges $Q$ and $-Q$ are established on ...
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Capacitor with dielectric between the plates

Let's assume we have a capacitor of capacitance $C$ and potential difference $U$. After charging it we disconnect it. Then we put a dielectric between the plates. I know that capacitance will increase ...
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Power dissipated through resistor in RC circuit with charged Capacitor [closed]

so here's the problem: A simple RC circuit where the capacitor has been charged, and two resistors are in parallel configuration. How does one find the power (as function of time) through any of the ...
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capacitor in ac and dc circuits

In a dc circuit work done by battery=QV while energy stored in capacitor =(QV)/2 loss in energy=(QV)/2 While a capacitor in ac circuit has a no power loss.why is it so? Shouldn't heat be lost in ac ...
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Why do both plates of a capacitor have the same charge?

How do we know that both plates of a capacitor have the same charge? You could argue conservation of charge, but I don't see how conservation of charge implies the charge on both plates is the same. ...
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Capacitor in series?

Say you have two charged capacitors in series. Zoom in on one capacitor. For this specific capacitor, the charge on the two plates will be the same in magnitude, according to my textbook. My teacher ...
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Is a capacitor in an open circuit charged?

Say I have a circuit consisting of a battery, a wire, an open switch, and a capacitor. The circuit is open since the switch is open. My book says that the capacitor will only be charged when the ...
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How do you solve Laplace's equation for a parallel plate capacitor?

I would like to find the analytic solution to the problem of two plates of opposite electric potential. I have already solved this numerically as shown in the picture below. I'm also wondering what ...
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What is the current of a capacitor when the derivative of voltage is undefined?

This is from the textbook I am reading: I know this equation for capacitors: $$i=C\cdot \frac { dv }{ dt }$$ Here is my question: how can diagram (a) be allowed if the derivative of the voltage ...
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Capacitance of bodies with different charge [duplicate]

How does one calculate the capacitance of two bodies with different charges? I was looking at coefficients of potential, but they don't seem helpful.
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Capacitance of Parallel Plates

For Parallel Plate Capacitors, I was wondering why, in the derivation, they set charge to $Q$, when there is a net charge of zero? I know it wouldn't be very helpful to use zero, but if the definition ...
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Why isn't the electrical field between two parallel conducting plates quadrupled?

For the sake of clarity and brevity, here is the description from my textbook (Halliday & Resnick 9th): This description states that the electric field is doubled. I am seriously confused. When ...
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Charging the plates before making the capacitor

Basically, a simple capacitor will consist of 2 plates and a dielectric material between them, what if i took 2 plates, charged one with a +ve charge and the other with equal -ve charge, then i put ...
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Capacitor with different charges on each plate

I am confused as to whether/how capacitance changes when each plate has a different charge. For example, consider a coaxial cable and put $20Q$ on the outer cable, and $-Q$ on the inner. Or how about ...
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Why does Leyden jars have a high breakdown voltage

I have often heared, that Leyden jars are used because they have a high breakdown voltage. For that reason the are used for example in Whimshurst machines. But what is the physical reason that they ...
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Electric field intensity in a dielectric inside a capacitor

In the question A parallel plate capacitor is charged from a cell and then isolated from it. A dielectric slab of dielectric constant $K$ is now introduced in the left half region between the ...
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Force exerted by a capacitor on a polar object

I was reading about capacitors and wondered what the force an electrostatic field created by a capacitor would be on an object with a certain charge and mass. If it can exert a force on a polar object ...