The ability of an object to store electric charge.

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Capacitance of spherical capacitor when earthed

The capacitance of a spherical capacitor is given by $$C=\frac{4\pi \varepsilon_{0}}{\left ( \frac{1}{a}-\frac{1}{b} \right )}$$ How can I find out the capacitance of the capacitor when The ...
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Non-parallel-plate Capacitor

Imagine you start with a parallel plate capacitor with square plates of side $s$ and gap $p$. Turning one of the plates slightly results in a small increase and decrease in gap separation $d$ at the ...
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Image charges for currents?

I am struggling to get my head around a problem involving creating a transmission line using a wire of radius $a$ in a vacuum a distance $d$ above an infinite grounded plate ($d \gg a$). I wish to ...
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Why does electrical impedance have as many parameters as it has?

The impedance of a circuit is written: $$ Z(R,L,C,f) = R + j ( 2 \pi f L - \frac{1}{2 \pi f C} ). $$ What is the line of thinking that frequency, resistance, capacitance, and inductance are the only ...
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Capacitance of a single charged plate?

Lets say we have a single plate that has a charge of +Q on it. A plate with charge -Q is infinite distance away. Will the plate with +Q have a capacitance associated with it? Why or why not? I was ...
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Effect on capacitance when capacitor number increased [closed]

What happens to total charge and potential difference when number of capacitors increased in series and parallel combination? My question in text book is: Initially, a single capacitance $C_1$ is ...
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AC pass through capacitor

I am confused how AC pass through a capacitor? Can any one explain or have the vedio how AC pass through capacitor?
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Initial current, RC Circuit

The task goes like this: The voltage between the points A and B, in the circuit diagram below, is 100 V. What's the initial current through the resistor when we close the switch S? (Other components - ...
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Parallel-plate capacitor working voltage $V={Qd\over{\epsilon_0 A}}$ relationship with plates' distance

I don't understand why the working voltage of a capacitor increases with the plates' distance. Suppose we have 2 capacitors in series where $C_1=12,0\mu F$ and $C_2=4,0\mu F$. The voltage over both ...
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Does the equation CV = q break down when V is small or a wire is very long?

I'm trying to understand how the equation $CV=q$ relating the voltage difference and charge stored on a charged capacitor breaks down under extreme circumstances. In most problem statements that I'm ...
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What happens here in this capacitor?

What happens when we earth the circuit as shown below, why should it matter? because potential at a point is relative? So if the earlier potential was $V_p$ at that point, it becomes $0$, so every ...
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Convert kinetic energy of a bullet into electricity and store it in a super-capacitor [closed]

I was thinking about bulletproof materials, they have to be so thick and heavy because they try to hold all of the kinetic energy of a bullet and then dissipate it (right?) So what if you made a thin ...
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Capacitors and Voltage

Imagine if I have a capacitor, connected to a battery of $12 V$. After charging the capacitor, I increase the plate separation. Then my capacitance decreases, right? But charge should be ...
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Current in discharging capacitor through fixed resistor?

In the textbook I'm using for physics it says that the charge left on the plates of a capacitor after time $t$, that is discharging through a fixed resistor, is $Q=Q_0e^{-t/\tau}$ where $\tau=RC$ is ...
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Deriving ODE for voltage across capacitor-RC circuit [closed]

I need to derive an ODE for the voltage across the capacitor in a specific RC circuit. The circuit has 1 resistor, one input, one capacitor and a switch. So far I have $$\frac{dv}{dt} ...
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Circumference measurement using a capacitive sensor

I have a question which I hope someone in here can help me answer. Background: I’m building a device where I intend to use a stretchable capacitive sensor to define the radius change of an object. ...
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What's an intuitive understanding of diffusion capacitance?

Diffusion capacitance often comes up in transistor design. It is one of the two main capacitances you see, the other being the depletion layer capacitance. The depletion layer capacitance (per unit ...
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Charging a capacitor using a capacitor?

I recently did an experiment using a fully charged capacitor (assumed) and charged a separate capacitor through fixed resistor. We measured the potential difference of the capacitor being charged. We ...
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Calculating half power frequency (frequency response)

I am having a doubt in calculating half power frequency for a given RLC AC circuit. I have attached images of two questions with their solutions. In the first question, the equation for ...
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The definition of mutual capacitance

I am not sure I completely understand the definition of mutual capacitance. Let's say we have two conductors, $A$ and $B$, so that the following holds: Both conductors are isolated. $A$ is isolated ...
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Graph of energy stored in capacitor?

Question: In an experiment a capacitor is discharged through a constant current. Draw a graph of how the energy stored in the capacitor varies with time. The answer given is: But I seemed to get a ...
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When a capacitor finishes charging

When a capacitor is fully charged I usually hear the phrase "the potential difference across the capacitor opposes the battery potential difference, so no more charge flows". What does "the potential ...
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Charging a capacitor (terminals)

When a battery is connected to a conductor electrons are repelled from the end of the conductor connected to the negative terminal of the battery and flow to the end of the conductor connected to the ...
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Typo in physics book (capacitors)

I'm currently working through an AP revision guide. The section on charging a capacitor outlines the following steps: When a capacitor is connected to a battery, a current flows in the circuit until ...
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How can I rearrange an equation to find a gradient for a capacitor?

If I plot R on the x axis and T on the y axis to give a straight line graph, and I am given that $V$ = $V_0$ * e^(-t/RC) then how can I prove that the gradient of the graph is equivalent to $C$ * ln3, ...
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What does an increased time constant of a capacitor do?

If a capacitor is being charged to any voltage, what effect would increasing the time constant have on it and if a graph of Charge Q/Time T was plotted to give a positive decreasing gradient, how ...
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Smoothing capacitor

Suppose a capacitor of capacitance $C$ is being used in a rectifier to smooth out the p.d. across a resistor of resistance $R$. What is the effect on the smoothing curve when the $R$ is lowered? The ...
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Why do we use capacitors when batteries can very well store charges?

Can batteries be used instead of capacitors? I am trying to figure out a basic, superficial and any obvious difference between the two.
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How does the voltage across an inductor and a capacitor vary in series LCR circuit about resonance?

I am aware that at resonance, the voltage across the inductor and the capacitor are equal in magnitude and opposite in phase. However, I want to know how the voltage across $L$ and $C$ vary if I vary ...
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what is the capacitance and inductance of an ideal wire?

I am reading a magazine for acoustics, one article is about the choice of speaker wire. The article said the ideal speaker wire should has no resistance, capacitance and inductance. I understand that ...
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Displacement vector in parallel plate capactor

This ought to be simple, but I'm running into some questions... Let's say we have a parallel plate cap with some linear homogeneous dielectric media between the plates. The plates are distance $a$ ...
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Does a capacitor ever get fully charged?

The time $t$ taken by a capacitor of capacitance $C$ in a charging circuit with a resistance $R$ in series with it to accumulate charge $q$ is given by the equation $$t = \tau ...
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Equivalent Capacitance [closed]

What is the equivalent capacitance between A and B?
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Potential Difference between 2 points in a curcuit

3 Cells and 3 capacitors are connected as shown in the diagram. What is the potential difference between points A and B ? What are the final charges on each of the plates of the Capacitor ? Does the ...
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Why do I different values compared to my theoretical time?

I'm having an experience about time needed to charge the capacitor to the 63.2% voltage of the batteries. There are resistance, capacitor and batteries in the circuit. When I calculate the ...
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Final charges on Capacitors connected in a curcuit

Capacitor C1 is charged to a Potential Difference of 10V. It's capacitance is 2 microFarad. Capacitor C2 is charged to a Potential Difference of 15V. It's capacitance is 4 microFarad. Now the ...
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What does “Receptor” convention refers to in RC circuits?

my question is How can we choose the convention in a circuit and what does it refer to ? Especially for a Capacitor I hear the terms "passive sign convention..." "receptor convention ..." "generator ...
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Capacitor discharging

We know that discharge a capacitor will cause the voltage of capacitor to drop with time. But how about the bleeder resistor? Will the voltage of bleeder resistor increase or remain unchanged?
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Why is cap voltage negative in KVL for discharge circuit?

I was just trying to derive the equation for a capacitor discharging through a resistor, and I've run into in a problem. If I set up my KVL, then I would say $iR = V_c$ (where $i$ is instantaneous ...
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Why is there electric field OUTSIDE a battery?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but a battery's electric field is like an electric field of a capacitor consisting of two parallel plates. But we know that the electric field outside the two plates is zero. ...
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Image charges and capacitors?

Consider these two situations: A (infinite) parallel plate capacitor in which one plate is held at a potential $V$ and the other is grounded. A point charge near an infinite plane and grounded ...
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What stops charges from jumping across a capacitor?

I've learnt in class that charges store up on capacitor plates (the electrons). But why don't the electrons just jump across capacitor, what stops them? At first I thought perhaps it might just be the ...
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Capacitive pressure gauge under a change of pressure

I have seen in an article, that a capacitive pressure gauge made of two parallel plates with a dielectric material between with constant $K$ under an increase of pressure $\Delta P$, a Young´s modulus ...
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What happens to the energy of a capacitor after a dielectric is inserted?

Consider a parallel plate capacitor having capacitance $ C$ and charge $Q$. then the energy of the capacitor will be $\frac{Q^2}{2C}$. Now if a dielectric is inserted, then $C $ increases and thus the ...
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Dielectric slab inserted into a constant voltage capacitor

I was told that a dielectric slab inserted into a capacitor connected to a battery (constant voltage) will be repelled, because the energy stored in the capacitor increases when the dielectric is ...
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Why capacitor pass AC and block DC current? [duplicate]

We know that in circuit capacitor block the DC current and pass AC current. My question is how a capacitor block DC and pass AC?
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Finding the current and voltage in a circuit with DC sources

I know that in a circuit with DC sources a capacitor(steady state) can be replaced with an open circuit and an inductor(steady state) can be replaced with a short circuit. My understanding is that ...
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Total Energy Stored in Seven Capacitors [closed]

The capacitive network shown in the figure is assembled with initially uncharged capacitors. A potential difference, Vab = +100V, is applied across the network. The switch S in the network is kept ...
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Using a charged capacitor to charge two others [closed]

Here is the homework question in question: The figure (below) displays a 13.1 V battery and three uncharged capacitors of capacitances C1 = 4.08 μF,C2 = 6.19 μF and C3 = 3.30 μF. The switch is thrown ...
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How do capacitors discharge?

I'm having some trouble understanding how capacitors work. I can visualize how a capacitor would charge up and how current "flows" through it. But I don't really understand the concept of the ...