(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

When a battery is attached to a capacitor, why do the two plates acquire charges of the same magnitude? Will this be true if the two conductors are different in size or shape? Explain.

2. Relevant equations

Q=CV and C=epsilon x A/d

3. The attempt at a solution

I wasn't sure if my answer was correct. I said, assuming the two plates are the same size and parallel, they will have the same capacitance, hence carry the same charge (from C=QV, where V is also the same for both plates). Also, the current flowing through the plates will be of equal, individual charges. As C=epsilon x A/d, this will not be true between conductors of different size and shape. This is because the capacitance will change, and they will be able to store different amounts of charges, hence may have different magnitudes.

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

When a lightbulb needs to be replaced, you have a choice between a 100-W bulb and a 75-W bulb. Which would draw more current? Which has the highest resistance?

2. Relevant equations

V=IR, P=IV=I^{2}R=V^{2}/R

3. The attempt at a solution

Wasn't very sure with this one. But, using the equations above, and assuming voltage is the same for both bulbs, the 100W bulb would draw more current, and since R=I/V, it would also have a larger resistance.

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