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Please help me with this dielectrics problem

  1. Apr 19, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A parallel plate capacitor having plates of area S and plate separation d, has capacitance C1 in air. When two dielectrics of different relative permittivities ( ε1=2 and ε2=4) are introduced between the two plates as shown in the figure, the capacitance becomes C2. the ratio C2/C1 is

    2. Relevant equations
    C= ε0A/d



    3. The attempt at a solution
    if we name the components 1,2,3,4 in clockwise manner,in the solution 1 and 2 are taken in series and 3 and 4 are taken in series and they both are connected parallel,can we also take 1 and 4 in parallel and 2 and 3 in parallel and they both are connected in series?in that case answer comes out to be 12/5 where have i gone wrong?
     

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  3. Apr 19, 2016 #2

    cnh1995

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    No. Electric field between 1 and 2 (left half) is not same as the electric field between 3 and 4(left half).
     
  4. Apr 19, 2016 #3
    sir 2 is not left half,1234 in clockwise direction
     
  5. Apr 19, 2016 #4
    sir,do you mean to say that the potential difference between positive terminal and interface between 1 and 2 is not same as potential difference between positive terminal and interface between 3 and 4.
     
  6. Apr 19, 2016 #5
    sir,do you mean to say that the potential difference between positive terminal and interface between 1 and 2 is not same as potential difference between positive terminal and interface between 3 and 4.
     
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