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Homework Help: Potential difference(capacitor)

  1. Sep 8, 2009 #1
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    1) "One plate is maintained at +75 V while the other at -75 V by a d.c. supply" means? Does it means that this capacitor is connected to a 150 V d.c. supply or just a 75 V?
    2) Why is 75-(-75)? Why don't we just use 75V?
    3) Charge stored on each plate is it the same as charge stored in the whole capacitor?

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  3. Sep 8, 2009 #2


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    All that matters with capacitors is the potential difference across the plates because that is the voltage V as in Q = C V. So you can view this as one plate being at potential 0 V and the other at 150 V or -75 V and 75 V, or 250 V and 100 V.
    See above. What is the difference in electrostatic potential between the plates?
    One plate has positive charge (+Q) and the other plate has negative charge of the same magnitude (-Q). By convention, when we say "the charge on the capacitor", we mean the charge on the positive plate, +Q.
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