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Capacitors in series

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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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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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