How do I go about solving this? Whenever I see a capacitor diagram/an image like this i always freak about because 1) I don't know what to ask myself when I see it 2) I'm not sure I know what's going on - other than the fact the the | | means: +| |- I don't know what the squiggly lines /\/\/ mean either :( 3) I don't know how to solve this particular problem or how the pieces fit together. 4) I don't know how to distinguish a capacitor in series and a capacitor in parallel - especially in this problem Please help! I've studied for the physics test im about to take tonight at 7 pm and I've understood all the plug and chug problems. It's this stuff in particular I just don't get.