1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data The problem is above, I am having a hard time figuring out why the right answer for part F is "greater than." 2. Relevant equations Ucapacitor = 0.5 * C * V^2 3. The attempt at a solution My problem is figuring out the logic in how the capacitor's energy would increase. Now, I know that because I have a resistor with a smaller resistance that the total current in the circuit will increase. That is not a problem. The constant of the capacitor remains the same, and because the R1 and C are in parallel, they have the same voltage drop across it. The battery's voltage remains the same so by Kirchoff, I would have: EMF - (Itot * R2New) - (votlage drop across R1 or capacitor). The EMF remains the same. Itot increases while R2NEW decreases, so I do not know if the voltage drop across the capacitor will increase or decrease. Could anyone please help in figuring out this problem? Thanks in advance!