The ability of an object to store electric charge.

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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 \ln\left(\frac{q}{Q-q}\...
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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 plate....
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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 ...
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Why is the potential difference across these two capacitors both 9V?

So above are two difference circuits, each with a 9V battery and a capacitor of the same capacitance. $C_1=C_2$ Why is the potential difference across both capacitors 9V? Shouldn't it be less than ...
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Resistance of capacitors

Please I would like to know how the resistance of the plates of a capacitors work? Is it the same as a resistor? If yes, is there electric field inside the plates like inside a resistor?
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Why isn't this a valid derivation of the formula for capacitors in series?

I had to derive the formula for capacitors (I decided to use m capacitors in my derivation) in series, and this is what I did. The formula for a capacitor is $$Q=CV,$$ which is the same as saying $$\...
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Series / parallel capacitor network: find two capacitances and source voltage given some measured data

Capacitor 3 in Figure (a) is a variable capacitor; its capacitance $C_3$ can be varied. Figure (b) gives the electric potential $V_1$ across $C_1$ versus $C_3$. The horizontal scale is set by $C_3 = ...
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What is the positive charge in a capacitor made of?

A capacitor is a pair of conductors separated by an insulator. When it gets charged we have negative charges in one of the plates and positive charges in the other. Negative charges are electrons but ...
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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 across ...
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How can a voltage across a capacitor be greater than the total voltage applied to the circuit?

I was reading about complex impedance and AC circuits, and I just came across a sentence on a website stating that the voltage across a capacitor can be greater than the applied voltage. How can this ...
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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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Why is the voltage output equal to the voltage drop?

I have a very basic question about measurement of voltage output on some simple circuits. Considering the circuits of the figure: Supposing one wants to measure the voltage output $V_2$, on the ...
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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 de Graaff (VDG) generator. Due to the VDG's E-field, this causes a ...
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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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Capacitor/Inductor Resonance

I am struggling to understand the concept on resonance in electric circuits. I understand that a inductor builds up a charge on it, then the current flows to the capacitor, charging it. But then ...
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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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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 e^{-t/\...
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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 ...