# How do you calculate the capacitance of a parallel plate capacitor with multiple dielectrics? [closed]

My question is how would you go about calculating the capacitance of a parallel plate capacitor which has two mediums in between the parallel plates. I am aware that for a regular parallel plate capacitor you can calculate its capacitance with the following equation:

$$$$C=\varepsilon\frac{A}{d}$$$$

However, for a capacitor as the one shown in the following image, this equation is not applicable because there are multiple dielectrics.

My guess is that you could do something like this (assuming both dielectrics are equal volume):

$$$$C=\frac{\varepsilon_1\varepsilon_2}{2}\frac{A}{d}$$$$

Is this correct? otherwise, what would be the correct way of doing this?

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• What are your thoughts? What is the basic definition capacitance? What happens to voltage when we stack one dielectric wafer on another? – exp ikx Feb 10 at 11:21
• What is your background knowledge? Do you know Gauss' theorem? Are you familiar with the vector $\vec{D}$? – FGSUZ Feb 10 at 13:54
• I've added the homework-and-exercises tag. In the future, please use this tag on this type of question. – Ben Crowell Feb 10 at 16:59

equivalent capacitance is $$1/c=1/c1+1/c2$$