Sub-units micro-farad and pico-farad

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1. Homework Statement [/b]
If the p.d across a capacitor is doubled, by what factor does the ehnergy stored change?

Define the farad, the unit of capacitance. Explain the commonly used sub-units micro-farad and pico-farad.
 

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What have you done so far? Show your work. What equation might be useful for question #1?
 
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V = Q/C ? i dont really undersatnd the question
 
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V = Q/C ? i dont really undersatnd the question
That's not an equation for energy. You want [tex] U=(1/2)CV^2[/tex] where U is the stored energy, C is the capacitance, and V is the potential difference.

It's asking if the potential difference is doubled, how much does the energy stored in the capacitor change. So using that equation, if you double V, what happens to U?
 
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ooh ok U doubles
 
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ooh ok U doubles
NO, look more closely. It's V squared, right?
 
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increase by 4?
 
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That's better.
 

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