The ability of an object to store electric charge.

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is it possible to use capacitors to quickly charge batteries?

the charging cycle of batteries is very slow compared to capacitors. Is it possible to use capacitors to quickly charge and discharge them to slow charge the batteries? For instance the range anxiety ...
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Is capacitance calculated over a finite volume or over all space?

Is the capacitance of a system of conductors calculated in a finite volume or over all space? My question is motivated by the following problem. A volume $V$ in vacuum is bounded by a surface $S$ ...
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Capacitor charging, work done by battery on changing polarity

A uncharged capacitor $C$ is connected to a battery with potential $V$. It becomes fully charged and has a charge $Q=CV$ stored on it. Now the polarity of the battery is reversed. The capacitor will ...
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Capacitor Charging another Capacitor to a higher Voltage Level?

Ok, I admit I don't have a degree in physics and I'm not well versed in a lot of calculus formulas and sometimes I don't understand formulas when I see them so I usually skip over them, yes I know ...
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Transition Capacitance & Diffusion capacitance of a diode

What are Transition and Diffusion Capacitances of a Diode? Why is Transition capacitance more significant in the reverse bias condition? Why is Diffusion Capacitance more significant in the forward ...
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A problem of missing energy when charging a second capacitor

A capacitor is charged. It is then connected to an identical uncharged capacitor using superconducting wires. Each capacitor has 1/2 the charge as the original, so 1/4 the energy - so we only have 1/2 ...
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Where extra stored energy of Capacitor go ? [duplicate]

Suppose We have a capacitor with capacitance $\ C $ and charge $\ Q $ . So total stored energy is $$ E=\frac{Q^2}{2C} $$ Now if I connect a capacitor with same capacitance parallel with it then ...
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Does displacement current exist after the capacitor gets fully charged?

The displacement current is due to changing electric field. Since, after the capacitor gets fully charged there is no changing electric field there is no displacement current.(capacitor connected to a ...
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Proof of charge existence on a grounded conductor

A question regarding the existence of charge on grounded conductors is confusing me. Could there be charge on a grounded conductor? How does this not contradict Gauss' Law? Since every conductor ...
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How does differing surface resistance in a parallel plate capacitor effect the field strength?

I have been trying to find out how using different conductive materials for each parallel plate for a parallel plate capacitor will effect the field strength. Meaning if one of the parallel plates ...
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How can I find the potential created by spherical capacitor with dielectric material?

If we have a spherical capacitor with inner radius or r1 and outer radius of r2, with charges (+/-)q on them and there is a dielectric material (with constant e) in between them with. What kind of a ...
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Capacitors in series: Why is the equivalent charge the same as the individual charges

Consider two parallel-plate capacitors $C_1, C_2$ in series. For the "equivalent" circuit, clearly $$ Q_{equiv} = C_{equiv}V$$ should hold, where V is the total voltage drop between input and ...
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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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Are there analogs to resistance, inductance, capacitance, and memristance connecting the weak force to electromagnetism?

A question was asked over at EE.SE recently which I tried to answer, but much of my answer was speculative. I'm hoping someone here can help my ignorance. In electronics design, there are four ...
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Resistor and conductor and inductor

What I am gonna to have if: -an inductor is in parallel with a capacitor and all that group is in parallel with a resistor. I know that a capacitor in parallel with an inductor is: ...
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Time constant for this RC circuit

Well one problem boiled down to the following RC ciruit- $C_1$ was initially charged with $q_o$ and I thought after closing switch connecting $C_1$ and $C_2$ the maximum current discharging will be ...
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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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What size aluminum foil capacitor would power an LED?

Inspired by this video where a $9 \mu F$ capacitor is made from aluminum foil, if I had students put this together in a classroom, one question I would have is what would it take to have this power an ...
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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 order of millions of volts, can we use this volt the generate current of electrons? The building up of potential difference can result in electric field. ...
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Breakdown field in a capacitor

Let us say that air breaks down at a field strength of $E_b$. For a capacitor to arc, does there need to be a path between the two conductors such that for every point on that path the electric field ...
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Capacitor and Pith Ball experiment

Suppose I first charge a capacitor so that one plate is positively charged and another negatively. Now I remove the charging source and ground only one of the terminals say negative terminal, will ...
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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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How is the formula for the capacitance of a parallel plate capacitor derived?

I have seen in I.E. Irodov that if the permittivity is given as $\epsilon$ then we can find the capacitance as $$C = \frac{\epsilon A}{d}$$ but I wonder whether it is dimensionally correct or not and ...
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RLC circuit, turning off the voltage source

An RLC circuit (pictured above) is governed by two equations: \begin{align} -iR &= -L \frac{dj}{dt} = \frac{q}{C}+V(t) \\ \frac{dq}{dt} &= i+j \, . \end{align} $q$ satisfies the equation ...
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Poynting vector of a wire between capacitors

A capacitor made of two circular plates of radius $L$ separated by $d$, initially the plates carry $\pm$ Q charge. Then a wire of resistance R is placed between them, how do I go about deriving a ...
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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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How does a bulb light up when it's connected in a circuit with an uncharged capacitor and a cell?

Since there is a capacitor, isn't it an incomplete circuit? How does the current flow across the dielectric medium? If a bulb was connected to a cell alone and if there was a break in the wires of the ...
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If we charge a capacitor can we discharge it into a battery?

I have read that we can charge a capacitor using a battery, but can the vice versa happen? My project needs to show a battery being charged through a fully charged capacitor.
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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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Comparison of capacitances

The figure shows two arbitarily shaped surfaces S1 and S2.S1 is a thin metal foil, which has been slowly beaten to form the surface S2 without any loss of charge.. S2 lies completely within or on ...
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Difference between parallel and series capacitors

Basically, I can't figure out that whether a capacitor is connected in series or parallel. The same problem occurs while solving for resistors. Can someone help me understand this difference ...
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Electric field between capacitors [closed]

A parallel-plate capacitor consists of two parallel, conducting plates of area $A$, separated by a distance $d$. Each carries a charge of magnitude $Q$; positive on one, negative on the other. ...
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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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Why the magnitude, $E$, of the field vector is different for every sets of (parallel) plates?

This is quoted my textbook. I wonder why we can't reproduce the same magnitude on a different set of plates, if we make them the same size, same charge, and having the same electric potential, and ...
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Transfer function of an RC circuit

I'm trying to reach the transfer function of an RC circuit which I am told is $$\frac {V_R} {V_\text{in}} = \frac{R}{\sqrt{(R^2 + \frac {1}{\omega^2 C^2})}} \cos(\omega t - \theta) \, .$$ Is this ...
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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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How long does it take for a capacitor to be fully charged if voltage is decreased? [closed]

Above is the picture of the circuit pertaining to this question. The question asked for the time it will take for the capacitor to get fully charged when the switch is in position B? So i guess the ...
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Two capacitor plates with equal positive charges $q$

I read in a book that if both the plates of a parallel plate capacitor are given equal positive charges $q$, then the charges on the facing surfaces will be zero and the charge on the outer surfaces ...
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Mutual capacitance upper limit

I am having trouble making an analog for mutual capacitance from mutual inductance. In circuits with magnetic coupling, there is an upper limit established on mutual inductance due to energy ...
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Capacitor Plates should get charged even if one plate is connected to charge source

I have a two capacitor plates separated by a distance. I have connected one of the plates(call it plate A) to positive terminal of battery and and other plate( call it plate B) to negative terminal of ...
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How feasible is it to use the dielectric constant of a liquid to determine specific gravity?

I homebrew my own beer and I'm looking for way to cheaply monitor the specific gravity of my brew during the fermentation process. I came across this thread that seems to indicate capacitance may be ...
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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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Grounding a capacitor

When one of the plates of an isolated capacitor is grounded, does the charge become zero on that plate or just the charge on the outer surface become zero?
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Charge between parallel plates given voltage

When you connect a parallel-plates capacitor to a voltage source, why is it assumed that the plates will have equal but opposite charge? According to the formula, the voltage only fixes the charge ...
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Where can I find a good theoretical treatment of conductor shielding?

Suppose one has three current carrying cylinders lying on the same plane. Some of the electric field of the first conductor ends up on the second conductor, which creates capacitance C12. But also ...
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What is the capacity of this circuit? [duplicate]

I simply can't figure out what the capacity of this circuit is. I can do the math myself, I just need a hint how to create an equivalent circuit where it is obvious what is parallel and what is in ...
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Coaxial waveguide - wave impedance

Determine the capacity $C$ per $m$, the inductance $L$ per m and the wave impedance $Z_0$ for a coaxial waveguide with inner radius $a$ and outer radius $b$. How large would $b$ have to be so ...
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Cylindrical capacitor in an electric circuit

I've come across a tricky question and would appreciate some hints or explanations as to why the given solution is the way it is. The question reads as follows: A coaxial cable consists of a wire ...
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Capacitance of two almost-touching hemispheres

This capacitor is composed of two half spherical shelled conductors both with radius $r$. There is a very small space between the two parts seeing to that no charge will exchange between them. So ...
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Total current - differential equation [duplicate]

Consider the circuit below consisting out of a capacitor C and two identical resistors R. For $t<0$ the switch is open and the capacitor is uncharged. At $t=0$ switch is shut and the circuit is ...