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Hi again!!!

I got stuck in this question (Pic), the original question is the fig. 1. I then arranged the charges on the plates (fig 2) and then separated the plates to form three capacitors. Now I just don’t know what the capacitance will be and how to find it!!!

First I thought to ignore the two plates at 2 ends. Then the two capacitors on right will be in parallal and their resultant in series with the last one… then answer comes out to be 2C/3 … which is wrong!!!

According to the book’s answer, all three capacitors will be in series, to get capacitance as C/3 …

Please tell me how are three capacitors in series, and can I really ignore the end plates!!!!

I got stuck in this question (Pic), the original question is the fig. 1. I then arranged the charges on the plates (fig 2) and then separated the plates to form three capacitors. Now I just don’t know what the capacitance will be and how to find it!!!

First I thought to ignore the two plates at 2 ends. Then the two capacitors on right will be in parallal and their resultant in series with the last one… then answer comes out to be 2C/3 … which is wrong!!!

According to the book’s answer, all three capacitors will be in series, to get capacitance as C/3 …

Please tell me how are three capacitors in series, and can I really ignore the end plates!!!!