(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Two identical capacitors that have been discharged are connected in series across the terminals of a 100V battery. When only on of the capacitors is connected across the terminals of the battery, the energy stored is U. what is the total energy stored in the two capacitors when the series combination is connected to the battery? a) 4U, B)2U, C)U D)U/2 E)U/4

2. Relevant equations

U = 1/2 CV^{2}

1/C_{eq}= 1/C_{1}+1/C_{2}

3. The attempt at a solution

The only attempt I can think to make is to get U with one capacitor in terms of C1 and then get U2 in terms of C1 and C2 and then find the ratio of them. When I do this though I keep getting U/U2 = C2/(C1+C2) Which is not any of the answers. So I'm not really sure where to go from here.

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# Homework Help: Storage of capacitors in series

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