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- Homework Statement
- Students perform an experiment using a circuit that contains two parallel plate capacitors. Capacitor C1= 30μF is fully charged and connected to an initially uncharged capacitor C2= 60μF, as shown in the circuit. Which of the following is a correct hypothesis by the students regarding the relative magnitude of the potential difference V1 and V2 across the plates of capacitors C1 and C2, respectively, when the circuit reaches a steady-state?

For clarification, I assume capacitors that are on opposite end of a square circuit are in parallel.

- Relevant Equations
- What exactly is the significance of the second capacitor's initially uncharged state. I thought my solution would apply but it does not lie among the answer choices.

V1 = Q/30

In parallel: C = C1 + C2

V2 = Q/(60 + 90)

V1/V2 = 3

V1 = 3V2

In parallel: C = C1 + C2

V2 = Q/(60 + 90)

V1/V2 = 3

V1 = 3V2