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Multiple capacitor RC circuit

  1. Feb 20, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The circuit used in this problem is attached as an image. I made this in gEDA (the circuit is from the homework problem, I just didn't feel like using a scanner to get the image)
    The 2-microfarad capacitor shown in the circuit attached is fully charged by closing switch S1 and keeping switch S2 open, thus connecting the capacitor to the 2,000 Volt power supply. At a later time, switch S1 is opened. Switch S2 is then closed. The 6-micro farad capacitor is initially uncharged. Determine the initial current in teh resistor the instant after switched S2 is closed.

    2. Relevant equations

    I = [itex]\frac{-q0}{RC}[/itex] e-t/RC (discharging a capacitor)
    V = IR

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I'm not sure how to go about this, and I don't have an answer key. Should I calculate using the fact that the 2 micro farad capacitor is discharging, or the fact that the 6 microfarad capacitor is charing?
    Thanks!

    Jordan
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     

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    Last edited: Feb 20, 2012
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 20, 2012 #2
    Sorry, forgot to attach a picture of the circuit. Will do that soon.
     
  4. Feb 20, 2012 #3

    gneill

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    To find the initial current through the resistor, find the initial potential across that resistor. What are the initial voltages on the two capacitors at the instant S2 is closed?
     
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