physics 2 lab #6.docx - Experiment 2.06 Series RC DC-circuit Lab essay The objective of this experiment is to use the monitored and measured rise of the

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Experiment 2.06 Series RC DC-circuit Lab essay: The objective of this experiment is to use the monitored and measured rise of the charging capacitors in an RC- circuit to determine its capacitance. A capacitor is an electrical component that stores energy. For this experiment the resistance of the resister was measured and noted. After the capacitor was connected and 2 wire were touched to the capacitor to make voltage 0. After the plug was plugged into the battery the circuit was closed and the voltage was taken the time constant intervals. For capacitor 1 the time constant was 10, and the time constant for capacitor 2 was 33. For our experiment it started off at a time of 0; as the time increases the voltage of the increased. For capacitor 1 the average capacitance was 100.472 μF , while capacitor 2 was 365.8 μF . The rated capacitance for capacitor 1 was 100
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Unformatted text preview: μF, and 330 μF for capacitor 2. The percent difference for capacitor 1 was 0.471%, while capacitor 2 was 10.29%. Some errors that may have been encounter is reaction times when closing the circuit and simultaneously starting the stopwatch could cause inaccurate results. Human error when recording the values of intervals of time constants could have occurred since the voltage was increasing quickly; the numbers on the voltmeter changed quickly. In order to reduce those human errors trials of this experiment should have been repeated. Another error that could have caused inaccurate results was lose contact. In this experiment we learn how to set up a RC DC circuit, as well as what happed when the switch is closed. When the switch is closed the voltage across the capacitor increases and the time increases....
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