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Homework Help: How does a parallel plate capacitor work (conceptually)?

  1. Mar 1, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    How does a parallel plate capacitor work (conceptually)? Also how does each plate get charged?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Mar 2, 2012 #2


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    hi btpolk! :smile:

    the battery "pulls" charge off one plate of the capacitor, and "pushes" it onto the other plate

    it keeps doing that until the voltage difference between the plates ("across the capacitor") is the same as the battery voltage

    it starts fast and ends slooow :wink:
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