The ability of an object to store electric charge.

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Electric field in a capacitor with a dielectric with variable permittivity

Consider the following parallel-plate capacitor, with a potential difference of $V$ across it's plates: I've seen some problems that assume a dielectric with a variable electric permittivity of ...
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What are the advantages in using 2 identical capacitors?

What advantage might there be in using two identical capacitors in parallel connected in series with another identical parallel pair, rather than using a single capacitor?
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Which is more dangerous upon contact, series or parallel capacitors?

If a pair of capacitors were connected up in series, and an identical pair was connected in parallel which pair would be more dangerous to handle if connected to the same voltage source?
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Dipole moment induced in a spherical particle

Consider a spherical metal particle made out of gold. If there is an external charge somewhere near the gold particle, is there a way to calculate the resulting dipole moment that is induced by the ...
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Dielectric modification of electrostatic equations?

I have learnt that in cases of electrostatic fields inside a dielectric of any source charge, the field is reduced by a factor of K( if K, the dielectric "constant", is taken everywhere to be same). ...
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Electrons drift velocity and capacitors

My friend said this to me and just want to make sure this is right " when we connect the a battery to a LED and the 2 poles are connected, electrons flow from the (-) to the (+) but with very low ...
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One terminal of an ideal voltage source connected to earth->Massive current will flow?

Assume we have a "somewhat" ideal voltage source like a DC power supply powered by mains. Take just one terminal and form a conductive path between it and earth ground. Assuming that no conductive ...
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Source of potential energy in a capacitor being pulled apart

When the plate spacing is large the capacitor system is storing more energy than when it is small. If one manually changes the spacing, where does the additional energy "come from" as the plate ...
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Capacitors' working in a circuit

Does charge in a capacitor containing circuit stop flowing when the potential of the capacitor becomes equal to the potential of the battery??
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Energy Change in a Capacitor by Inserting Dielectric

This is a practice Physics Subject GRE problem. A parallel-plate capacitor has plate separation $d$. The space between the plates is empty. A battery supplying voltage $V_0$ is connected across ...
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Potential Difference Between Capacitors in Series

I am struggling to find an answer to this, hopefully relatively simple, question. I had a search on stackexchange but couldn't find anything helpful. We are learning about capacitors in Physics and I ...
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Equivalent RC circuit to a RRC circuit?

I'm in doubt about a situation that I've seen sometimes: imagine we have a resistor in parallel with a resistor and a capacitor in series. Since I don't know how to generate figures of circuits to ...
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Capacitance of a conducting disk

I'm reading this(PDF) derivation of the capacitance of a thin conducting disk. The surface charge density of such a disk can be shown to be: $\sigma(r) = \frac{Q}{4\pi a\sqrt{a^2 - r^2}}$ (in ...
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Capacitor Charging and Discharging when connected to the ground

When we charge a capacitor using a battery and then remove the battery, the plates of capacitor becomes charged. One holds positive charge and the other one gets equal negative charge. o. k. ? Now ...
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Capacitors discharging in series [duplicate]

If you connect positive plate of a charged capacitor to ground, it doesn't get discharged. Now consider $4$ capacitors of equal capacitance connected in series to a $10\, \mathrm{V}$ battery. Connect ...
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How we approach RLC circult from RLGC model?

In the text, it introduces a practical model to investigate a transmission line (like BNC cable), it considers the transmission line has resistive $R$, inductance $L$, conductance $G$ and capacitance ...
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Finding the Steady State Charges

Here the problem states to find the steady state charges on the condensers.<<<< According to me the charges on second at steady must be ...
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Work due to introducing a dieletric in a capacitor

I have a doubt about a couple of exercises tha asks to find the work done on introducing a dieletric between the plates of a capacitor. Yes, this question is in the general case, how do we procede? I ...
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Inserting metal into parallel plate capacitor

The plates of an isolated parallel plate capacitor with a capacitance C carry a charge Q. The plate separation is d. Initially, the space between the plates contains only air. Then, an ...
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Flashlights and Capacitors

Why capacitors are used in flashlights of cameras instead of attaching the light directly to the battery? How this leads more light?
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Energy Gain with capacitor?

I have a question about energy gain in capacitors. Assume the following system: As the electron gets accelerated inside the capacitor, it will have more kinetic energy coming out than going in. But ...
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Why does the area of the plates affect the capacitance?

Why does the area of the plates affect the capacitance? Lets say I have a parallel plate capacitor with a charge of 10C and a potential difference of 5V. By the definition $C=Q/V$, the capacitance is ...
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Potential of a conductor depends on the size and shape of the conductor. How?

1) When a charge 'q' is given to an isolated conductor, its potential will change. 2) The change in potential depends on the size and shape of the conductor. I could understand the point no. 1. ...
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Where are exactly the charges of charged capacitor?

If a capacitor is connected to a battery and is charged, are there charges inside the wires or do they just accumulate on the surfaces of capacitor?
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Why isn't this capacitor charging?

Let's say you have a parallel plate capacitor and you connect one plate to the positive terminal of a battery and the other plate to the negative end. So this is like a static situation, you have a ...
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Can I charge a capacitor using 2 batteries?

1 capacitor, 2 separate batteries (Battery A and Battery B). Connect A+ to one side of the capacitor and B- to the other side of the capacitor. A and B are not connected, there is no closed circuit. ...
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Why does a capacitor discharge?

Suppose a charged capacitor (parallel plates), the negative and positive charges on two plates attract each other. Which force cause the negative charge carriers (electrons) move through the circuit ...
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Calculate Capacitance in Series AC Circuits?

I'm supposed to calculate the capacitance of an unknown capacitor in series, but I'm not sure exactly which equation to use. I know the voltage across the resistor (Vr), voltage across the capacitor ...
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Parallel capacitors without battery. Does charge flowing after a dielectric input?

If I charge two capacitors which are connected parallel $[$the minus (-) of the one opposite to the minus (-) of the other and the plus(+) of the one opposite to the plus (+) of the other.$]$, will I ...
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Non conducting charged planes

I have two parallel non conducting charged planes with opposite charges $6\mu C/m^2$, area $A = 3m^2$ and distance between the planes $d = 0.004 m$. I know the potential between these two planes is ...
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Two capacitors sharing charge

My two capacitors:                               I have these two capacitors ($C_1 = 3\mu F, C_2 = 4\mu F$) both initially under 19 volts. Then, I added a dielectric with $k=4$ at $C_1$ and entire ...
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What happens to this energy of the capacitor?

Let's say you have a charged, isolated parallel plate capacitor with a certain voltage. My book says that if you insert a dielectric, the voltage drops. However, that would require the energy between ...
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Capacitance of a capacitor

Why does the capacitance of a capacitor increase if the distance between the two plates of a parallel plate capacitor is decreased? I think, with decreasing distance between the two plates, the force ...
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Capacitor and hydraulic analogy

Would anyone kindly explain me the hydraulic analogy for the working of a capacitor w.r.t the article of wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor... Help!!
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What do physical properties of materials trigger the capacitive touch screen?

I have watched some youtube videos about capacitive touch screen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHzaVzYEZbw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmCE18RMEeQ The videos show that a conductor(finger), in ...
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Capacitor circuits with light bulb

Let's say we have a normal circuit with a light bulb, with wires and a battery. When one places a capacitor in this circuit, how is the light bulb able to light up, even when the capacitor prevents ...
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What happens to capacitor’s charge when the plates are moved further apart?

In my physics textbook there is an example of using capacitor switches in computer keyboard: Pressing the key pushes two capacitor plates closer together, increasing their capacitance. A larger ...
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How would I explain a farad being a second per ohm?

The farad has many alternative representations in SI. I can comprehend some of them. For example, a capacitance of 1 farad means that it will take a single coulomb to create a single volt between the ...
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Why does the presence of a battery change whether a circuit is in parallel or series?

If I take a closed circuit with two capacitors and a voltage difference, the circuit is apparently in parallel, but if I introduce a battery, the circuit is in series. Why does the presence of the ...
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Where's the energy in a boosted capacitor?

Suppose I look at a parallel plate capacitor in its rest frame and calculate the electrostatic energy, $E$. Next, I look at the same capacitor in a primed frame boosted in the direction perpendicular ...
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How does the voltage between two charged sheets change if change their distance

Suppose I have two charged capacitor plates that both are isolated and carry a charge density $D = \frac QA$. According to textbook physics the electric field between them is given by $E=\frac D ...
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How can you calculate (or convert) the Wh of a capacitor whose energy is given in Farads

When trying to compare the energy in a battery to the energy in a capacitor, the units don't match up. How can one compare a battery whose Ah are 10 and Voltage is 3 (for a total of 30 Wh) to a ...
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What's the difference between Capacitors, Ultra-Capacitors and Batteries

Capacitors are known to hold and release energy very quickly, unlike the slower release that batteries exhibit. If one were to bunch many (1000's of) capacitors together could they function as a ...
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How are current and voltage out of phase in capacitive circuit? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Physical explanation for capacitive circuit We say that in capacitive circuit, the voltage and current are out of phase. Current is 90 (degrees) ahead of voltage. What ...
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Magnetic force on capacitor

I have this problem: I have a capacitor formed by two parallel square-shaped plates, of side $a$, and with distance $d$ between them. They're asking me out of other things, the magnetic force as a ...
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Is it possible to charge a capacitor to any potential? Does it depend on the dielectric placed between them?

Is it possible to charge a capacitor to any potential? Does it depend on the dielectric placed between them? Or, are there other factors affecting it?
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What defines the maximum charge a capacitor can store?

The formula for a capacitor discharging is $Q=Q_0e^{-\frac{t}{RC}}$ Where $Q_0$ is the maximum charge. But what property defines the maximum charge a capacitor can store? If it depends on ...
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What is the role of battery across a Parallel plate capacitor having equal charge?

Each plate of a parallel plate capacitor has a charge $q$ on it. The capacitor is now connected to a battery. Now, which of the following options are correct? a) The facing surfaces of the ...
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Explanation of NMOS processes

Gate (poly-Si + $SiO_2$) and $p^{-}$ silicon operate as capacitors. But how are voltages and charges applied? In order for inversion to occur, there should be charges formed in poly-Si, right? How ...
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Capacitance per unit area and CMOS case

In a modern 0.35μm CMOS processor, the gate oxide thickness is around 80Å = 8nm. This gives us a capacitance per unit area of $430nF/cm^2$ I am not getting how one gets this capacitance per unit ...