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Capacitors in series

  1. Sep 2, 2013 #1
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    Conceptually, why is the equivalent charge of a circuit with capacitors in series equal to the charge on one capacitor? For example, the lecture says Q_eq = Q1 = Q2 = Q3 =.... for multiple capacitors in series. Why isn't the equivalent charge the sum of all the charges on the capacitors i.e. Q_eq = Q1+Q2+Q3+...?
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  3. Sep 2, 2013 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Sketch it out and draw in the charges on each plate of all the capacitors.
    What happens when positive and negative charges are linked by a conductor?
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