Main Question or Discussion Point
One of the discussion questions (ie. questions to think about) on a lab that I just did in physics asked where the energy in a charged capacitor goes when the capacitor is discharged. I know the energy is calculated using 1/2*C*(dV)^2, but I cannot figure out where this energy is transferred as we bring dV to zero. Qualitatively (by feeling the discharge wire) I do not think that all the energy lost could be thermal. Any ideas of where else the energy could have gone will be helpful.