The ability of an object to store electric charge.

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Spherical 'capacitor' with only one charged plate

A question I came across asks about two concentric spherical conductors where only the inner sheet is charged. The question first asks to find the capacitance of such an arrangement. The first part ...
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Immersing a copper sphere into a conducting liquid that is itself in a conducting bath

Question A small copper sphere of radius a is half immersed at the surface of a poorly conducting liquid of resistivity $\rho$. The liquid is contained in a spherical copper bath of radius b, where b ...
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Why is capacitance defined as charge divided by voltage?

I understand that capacitance is the ability of a body to store an electrical charge and the formula is $C=\frac{Q}{V}$. What I don't understand, however, is why it is defined as coulomb per volt. Of ...
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Does the energy inside a capacitor has a variable dependency of the capacity?

While studying energy inside capacitors, I came up with something: If we can calculate the energy inside it as: $$U=\frac{1}{2}QV=\frac{1}{2}CV^2=\frac{1}{2}\frac{Q^2}{C}$$ Then, why in some cases ...
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What happens to the electric field at the boundary of a dielectric?

The question in the title is a broader one, but for now, I want to confine myself to the following problem. I have the task to find the potential difference between points A and B shown in the ...
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I don't get the idea of potential in a capacitor

First off, what is meant by the potential of the conductors? Also potential difference between the two conductors is a function of distance from either right? Then why does it have an exact value. For ...
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Why there cannot be induction current between plates of capacitor while discharging?

If a capacitor gets charged by induction through the plates, then why there is no induction current between them while discharging instead of displacement current ?
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Capacitors in a series circuit with dielectric

When a dielectric slab is inserted between the plates of one of the two identical capacitors in Fig. 25-23, do the following properties of that capacitor increase, decrease, or remain the same: (a) ...
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Whats the meaning of this equation relating electric field and potential energy?

My electrodynamics teacher was explaining that it is required to apply some energy (or do some work) on charges in order to arrange them in space. When he stated an example about energy in a capacitor ...
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How, if at all, does the behavior of a parallel plate capacitor change in the presence of a magnetic field?

I'm an AP physics student curious about magnetism and my teacher couldn't answer this question. We already learned about velocity selectors, so I know that, when the plates of the capacitor are in the ...
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What is the player's role in the functioning of a theremin?

I recently see a video on how the theremin works, and wasn't satisfied with the answer. I watched around, but they all seem to give the same explanation. A diagram as below is given, and it is ...
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Capacitor in AC circuit

Can someone explain to me the process of discharging of a capacitor when the EMF of AC source is decreasing? And where do charges go? I mean if there's a weak battery, it will be charged but what ...
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How is Capacitance affected by a seperation distance and with or without a battery?

The questions specifically says this : A parallel-plate capacitor initially has capacitance $C$. The distance between the plates is then doubled, with a $9.0V$ battery connected. The battery is then ...
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doubt from capacitance and capacitors

Can a charged capacitor mathematically be represented as uncharged capacitor connected in series with battery of opposing emf ? Please explain with an example
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Arms of Parallal Plate Capacitor

In case if Parallel Plate Capacitors, is it necessary for the two plates to be equal in length? If yes why? And if they were not equal, what would be the problem?
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Why is the total potential difference in a circuit the sum of the individual potential differences?

I am having difficulty in applying my understanding of electrical potential to circuits. Why is the total potential difference in a circuit the sum of the individual potential differences among ...
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Finding Inductance in an AC RLC Circuit?

In the laboratory you find an inductor of unknown inductance $L$ and unknown internal resistance $R$. Using a dc ohmmeter, an ac voltmeter of high impedance, a 1 microfarad capacitor, and a 1000 Hz ...
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What happens in the RC circuit when being charged?

Say I have this RC circuit and at the start, the switch is off (current going from left to right and the starting point is just above the battery). I understand that then the capacitor acts just ...
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What happens when two charged capacitors are joined?

Two capacitors are charged and then they are connected with a wire. Then what will become constant after they are connected? Their potential or their charge? Exact question: A capacitor $2C$ is ...
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How do I calculate the relative permittivity of a capacitor given when only given 2 charges? [closed]

I have a past paper question which gives me the external charge of this capacitor 7.1μC and the internal charge caused by the resultant field as 1.3μC, how do I calculate the relative permittivity? ...
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Work done by battery and potential energy of a capacitor

I have a doubt about the work done by a battery and the potential energy of a capacitor? 1- Consider a circuit where the capacitors are connected to the terminals of a battery. Through calculations ...
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Attractive force between capacitor plates

A textbook question requires me to calculate the force of attraction between plates of a parallel-plate capacitor. The answer provided is $\frac{1}{2}QE$. I am not entirely sure how they arrived at ...
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is there any way to create electric field around two similarly charged plates?

Can an electric field exist around two similarly charged plates, like if we consider to put small paper pallets around it so that it can attract paper pallets without generating repulsion ?
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Series circuit of capacitor and ohmic resistance: Voltage drop at Capacitor? [closed]

I have a question to an exercise I am currently trying to solve. It is given an Capacitor and an ohmic resistance in a series circuit. The whole voltage is 40V, the resistor has an resistance of ...
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Which makes for a better equivalent capacitor? In series or in parrallel?

I understand how capacitors in series and in parallel work. However, I am wondering if it makes a difference, in terms of making a better capacitor that can store more charge, would you connect them ...
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Imaginary component in capacitive reactance

This is a trivial question in first year but, unfortunately, this popped up in an elementary yet compulsory lab experiment. The capacitive reactance is defined as $$X_{c}=\frac{1}{\omega c}$$ The ...
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How does increasing the distance between 2 copper plates in a circuit affect the capacitance? [duplicate]

We have been told that the voltage decreases, but not been given a proper explanation by my teacher. Can anyone shed some light on this? Also, does increasing the distance between the plates of a ...
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Capacitor and Dielectric [closed]

Here's a homework problem: A $12 \mu F$ capacitor $C_{1}$ consists of plates $A$ and $B$. An $18 \mu F$ capacitor $C_{2}$ consists of plates $C$ and $D$. (a) Each are charged up by a $10 V$ battery ...
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Why does a ceiling fan start up slowly? [closed]

I think it probably has something to do with the capacitor inside but I don't get it why doesn't it just Start spinning instantly when we push the button why does it slowly start to spin and gradually ...
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Why should we use good conductors as electrodes of a capacitor?

I was asked if and why why should the electrodes of a capacitor should be good electrical conductors. It seemed obvious to me that if I want to form a Helmholtz double layer (because that's what ...
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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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Current on both sides of a capacitor

When a capacitor is connected to a DC circuit, what ensures that the current on both sides of the capacitor is the same? When charges arrive at one end of the capacitor they stop moving; presumably ...
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Why does the current in a purely capacitive AC circuit lead the voltage by 90 deg?

1.When we mathematically derive the expression for the current from a sinusoidal voltage source (v=V sin(wt)), we take the derivative of q=cv where c is the capacitance. The final expression we get is ...
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Choosing between a parallel-plate and spherical capacitor model

This problem is solved in the solutions manual by making reference to equations for the parallel-plate capacitor. I have some basic understanding of why this is the case (the local curvature is small ...
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Spherical Conducting Shells, Potential

When we have a spherical conducting shell and charge on outer surface of the shell then the potential inside remains constant i.e, kQ/R (R=radius). But say the inner surface of the shell is charged ...
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Things that must be considered when mass producing a capacitor [closed]

The question is to list four things that must be considered when a capacitor is chosen for inclusion in a circuit which is to be mass produced. Are there a specific set of four things? I've come up ...
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charge on the capacitors

When we connecting a capacitor to a battery of $V$ volts. After it is completely charged, it is disconnected from the battery, and if we connected to another capacitor. In this case, there is no ...
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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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Effect of potential difference on capacitance

I've read multiple threads here discussing the relation between capacitance and potential difference and they have begun to confuse me. I have a homework question about which of the following will ...
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When deriving potential between plates of parallel plate capacitor, why isn't the charge distributed on the top *and* bottom of both plates?

Let's say we have a canonical parallel plate capacitor with area $A$ and separation $d$ where $A>> d^2$. A charge of $+Q$ is placed on the top plate and $-Q$ is placed on the bottom plate. We ...
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Electric field Intensity , parallel plates

My book says that the electric field due to infinite long plates doesn't depend on 'r', so does it mean that no work is done in moving a point charge towards or away from it? Also considering the ...
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coaxial capacitor potential calculation

How is capacitance of a cylindrical capacitor calculated? In his question his Equation 1 tells us how to calculate the potential of a cylindrical object and there are two locations where I cannot ...
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How to calculate the work of the electrostatic forces in a parallel-plate capacitor?

The expression of the energy stored in a parallel-plate capacitor is: $$U = \frac{e_0\cdot A \cdot V^2}{2d}$$ with $e_0$ the vacuum permittivity, $A$ the surface of the capacitor, $V$ the applied ...
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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 the order of millions of volts, can we use this voltage to generate a current of electrons? The building up of potential difference can result in an ...
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What actually goes on in RLC circuit?

I already have difficulty understanding how each of the RLC circuit elements work individually as it is, and I have no idea how they work simultaneously in an RLC circuit. My schoolbook represents the ...
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Spherical capacitor with conducting wire [closed]

We have a spherical capacitor which consists of two conducting shells with radii $R_1,R_2$ with $R_2>R_1$. The two shells carry charges equal to $Q_1$ and $Q_2$ respectively (with $Q_2>0$) . We ...
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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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separation of the plates , charge stored, potential difference and energy stored

I have facing problem when comes to determine which formula should be used in some capacitor-based questions. For example, if initially a parallel plate capacitor with separation of plates d is ...
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Why don't capacitor charging graphs look like other exponential growth graphs?

Sorry if this question is stupid, but I can't find any answers for this online. Physics websites show that capacitors charge and discharge exponentially. The discharging graphs of charge against time ...