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Effective Capacitance

  1. Jun 28, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Three capacitors of capacitance 8, 9, and 5 μF respectively, are connected in series to a 4 V battery. What is the charge on the positive plate of the 9 μF capacitor?

    2. Relevant equations

    Q = C*E
    1/C = 1/C1 + ..
    3. The attempt at a solution

    I drew out the circuit it would make. I know that to calculate C it is 1/C = 1/C1+1/C2...
    I took the general equation for Q= C*E. I did this and got 1.74 uC. But, this is not correct. Could you tell me where I am going wrong?
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  3. Jun 29, 2008 #2


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    Hi purduegirl,

    You calculation of the equivalent capacitance is wrong. Your post does not have many numbers, but you seem to have calculated that the equivalent capacitance was about 0.435 [itex]\mu[/itex]F, but that is not what 1/C = 1/C1+1/C2... gives.

    Do you see what went wrong, and what the equivalent capacitance should be?
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