# Semicircular Dielectric

1. Feb 19, 2009

### ganondorf29

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
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We use two circular metal plates of radius 0.55 m and thickness 8.7 mm to build a capacitor. We leave a gap of 2.5 mm between the plates and fill half of the space between the plates with a medium with dielectric constant 16.3 and leave the other half filled with air. What is the capacitance of this capacitor in units of nF?

2. Relevant equations

C=((eplison zero)*(dielectric constant)*(area))/2

3. The attempt at a solution

I'm not sure how to start this problem. I was thinking, maybe divide the area in half, one with the dielectric and one without it, and treat it as two separate capacitors in a series, but can that be done?

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2. Feb 19, 2009

### Delphi51

Sounds reasonable to me - but wouldn't it be two caps in PARALLEL?

3. Feb 20, 2009

### ganondorf29

I'll try the parallel attempt first