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You can use a high vertical tube to store water in it (fill it from the bottom by pushing the water in) How much water can you store? It obviously depends on the pressure you apply to push it in. If you push harder, there will be more water stored. The tube is characterized not the amount of water, but by how easy it is to store the water. Its "capacity" ...


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Capacitance is "charge over voltage" – and one farad is "coulomb per volt" – because the capacity of capacitors (something that determines their "quality") is the ability to store a maximum charge on the plate ($+Q$ on one side, $-Q$ on the other side) given a fixed voltage. When you try to separate the charges, you unavoidably create electric fields ...


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A capacitor is used to store energy in form of electric fields. This electric field is created by charges on plates of capacitor. So, basically you are storing charge on capacitors. Let someone ask you how much charge you can store in your capacitor.What would you reply? Clearly , you reply " I may store 1mC or 100mC, depending on Potential difference ...


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We Use $C=Q/V$ because those were useful things to measure. It's often easy to forget, but many of the equations we use are chosen because the work, and because other equations didn't work. Never underestimate that part of the reality. We don't use "charge per unit volume" because that number is not constant. You can charge a capacitor up without ...


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I understand that capacitance is the ability of a body to store an electrical charge and the formula is $C = {Q \over V}$ Perhaps you just need to top thinking of capacitance as that. "Capacitance" sounds like "capacity", which leads to an intuitive trap like this: If I have a basket with a capacity of 2 apples, then a basket with more capacity can ...


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For copper the temperature coefficient of resistivity is $3.9\times 10^{-3} \text{K}^{-1} $ and the temperature coefficient of thermal linear expansion is $1.6\times 10^{-4} \text{K}^{-1} $. They differ by a factor of about 24 so a change in temperature will cause a bigger change in resistance than in the linear dimensions of copper. Resistance is given by ...


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Georg Ohm's original experiments, 1825, established that for a set temperature, the current through a specific length of a conductor was proportional to the potential difference applied. Ohm's law is empirical; it cannot be derived directly from Maxwell's equations as it depends upon material properties. It is violated by many materials, and even then ...


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I'm not sure exactly what you're asking for. But let's say there's an electric current flowing through a straight wire segment of length $l$, then the change in $\Delta\phi$, or $V$, would be defined by $$\Delta\phi = \int \mathbf{E}\cdot d\mathbf{l}$$ Because it is a straight wire, $$\Delta\phi = E\cdot l$$ But we have a definition of current $$I = ...


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why would increasing voltage, while keeping charge constant, have any effect on the ability of a body to store charge. (1) Capacitors don't store charge, they store electrical energy. For a capacitor, it is understood that one plate has charge $Q$ while the other plate has charge $-Q$ so there is no net electric charge stored. (2) If you increase ...


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For instance, why don't measure the ability to store something by the volume it takes so why not charge per unit volume. There is nothing wrong with you defining a parameter which is the "charge per unit volume" but after defining it then what are you going to do with it? So here you have a capacitor and its charge per unit volume is $3 \;\text{C ...


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I want to charge a 12v 100ah battery which need 20 amp of current. You can charge the battery at any current proving it is not too high and it might be that the 20 amp is the maximum charging current? If the adapter gives a constant (regulated) 12 volts then you will not be able to charge a battery of the lead-acid type it will require more than 12 V ...


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If the inner conducting shell is charged then the charges will reside on the outside of the inner shell as there can be no electric field inside a conducting shell. The charges on the outside of the inner conducting shell will produce a radial electric field and the outer conducting shell will find itself in that electric field. However the outer ...



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