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Bob Loblaw

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**[SOLVED]Dielectric help**

## Homework Statement

To make a parallel plate capacitor, you have available two flat plates of aluminum (area = 180 cm2), a sheet of paper (thickness = 0.10 mm, k= 3.5), a sheet of glass (thickness = 2.0 mm, . k= 7.0), and a slab of paraffin (thickness = 10.0 mm, k= 2.0).

(a) What is the largest capacitance possible using one of these dielectrics?

_________nF

(b) What is the smallest?

________pF

## Homework Equations

[tex]C=k\epsilon_0 \frac{A}{d}[/tex]

## The Attempt at a Solution

I used the above equation to evaluate the capacitance of each in this manner:

1) 3.5*8.85e-12*.180m^2/.0001 = 5.5755e-8

2) 7.0*8.85e-12*.180m^2/.002 = 5.5755e-9

3) 2.0*8.85e-12*.180m^2/.010 = 3.186e-10

I recorded the largest as .55.755 and the smallest as 318.6 (in their appropriate units) both of which were wrong. Any ideas where I messed up?

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