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Work to Move parallel capacitor Plates 
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Mar2713, 04:10 AM

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Hi, in my book there are two capacitor plates distance x apart (they are kept connected to a constant voltage source). These plates are moved apart to distance 3x. In order to find the work done to move the capacitors apart (using W=F dl=QE dl), my book takes the charge Q of one plate and electric field felt on that one plate and integrates it from x to 3x. Why can't we take the take the charge and electric field felt on both plates and integrate half the distance of x to 3x?



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Work to Move parallel capacitor Plates
Compare that to just moving one plate (like in your book). In that case y would be the total distance, so L = y. And you'd integrate from y = x to y = 3x. (And not multiply by 2.) Each method should give the same answer for the work done. 


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Mar2713, 05:39 PM

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But since the two plates experience the same force and movement, why not take advantage of symmetry? 


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Mar2713, 06:03 PM

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Thanks!



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