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Discharged Capacitors

  1. May 2, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    When a capacitor is discharged, where does the charge "go back to"? Explain.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know that the charge goes from positive to negative, but I do not know how to explain this.
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  3. May 2, 2015 #2


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    Welcome to the PF.

    Can you first explain what happens when you "charge" a capacitor? :smile:
    Last edited by a moderator: May 2, 2015
  4. May 3, 2015 #3
    No, I cannot.
  5. May 3, 2015 #4


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    Well, then it sounds like you need to study the basics a bit more. I'm not trying to be flippant here, I'm serious. When we see people asking questions that show a lack of understanding of the basics, we don't generally think of it as helpful to just feed them an answer to a question that is something they really should know as part of the basics.
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