The problem statement, all variables and given/known data 1. Is it necessary to discharge the capacitors before starting the experiment in series? Why? 2. Is it necessary to discharge before starting the experiment in parallel? Why? The attempt at a solution For the first one, we connected 3 capacitors in series, and the second one we connected them in parallel. This is what I've written in my report so far: 1. Yes it is. In series, all capacitors have a different voltage. If not discharged properly, the capacitors may have accumulated charge stored in them. This charge could be added to the current already flowing thought the circuit, thus tampering with the voltages. 2. It is not necessary to discharge a capacitor in parallel. Contrarily to capacitors in series, capacitors in parallel all have the same voltage. Therefore, even if charge accumulates, the voltage measured shouldn’t be affected. Does that make sense?