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Unformatted text preview: RHJansen Potential Potential Capacitance and Capacitance and Capacitors Capacitors Capacitor RHJansen Two plates with opposite charge. Capacitors store charge and energy . Capacitance C The capacity of a capacitor to store charge. C Capacitance measured in Farads, F Dielectric constant of the material between the plates (table) Permittivity of free space A Area of one plate (both same) m 2 d Distance between plates m C = Dielectric RHJansen To prevent charges from moving between the plates capacitors are constructed with an insulator between the plate. Insulators have a varying degree of effectiveness and this is reflected in the dielectric constant . When learning about capacitors we often begin with two plates separated by a vacuum or air The dielectric constant of a vacuum is = 1 . The dielectric constant of air is extremely close to = 1 . This simplifies the previous equation to If a problem does not mention a dielectric, assume the simplest case, = 1, and use the above simplified equation....
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This note was uploaded on 07/21/2009 for the course PHYSICS 7B taught by Professor Packard during the Spring '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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