The ability of an object to store electric charge.

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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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.