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Homework Help: Leyden jar resulting amperage

  1. Nov 24, 2011 #1
    I need to figure out how to correctly calculate the Current being created from a leyden jar I have. I am attaching a print screen of a matchcad calculation that shows what I have done. However, I am calculating extremely high amperage. I believe my calculation is correct down to my charge, but I do not know how to correctly relate my charge to the resulting amperage. Have a look!! any suggestions please!!

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  3. Nov 25, 2011 #2


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    If you discharge a near-ideal capacitor with an almost perfect conductor, there will be a momentary pulse of current approaching infinite amperes. Non-ideal components reduce the amplitude, and extend the duration.
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