Three plate capacitor and charge distribution

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In the figure given the capacitance for the two pair would be same. Can anybody please explain me how the charge would be distributed across each plate???
I think that the middle plate being isolated should have +Q on one side and -Q on other, but how would be the charge distribution about the remaining plates as both of them are connected to the positive terminal of the battery.

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A and C are connected to the positive terminal of the battery and acquire positive charge. B is connected to the negative terminal and acquire negative charge.

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A and C are connected to the positive terminal of the battery and acquire positive charge. B is connected to the negative terminal and acquire negative charge.
so will the charge distribution on the plates be as shown in the figure??? If B is connected to the negative terminal then will both the sides of the plates will have -Q charge. But the pair of capacitor plates should have opposite charges right? Please i am a little confused with this. Correct me if i am wrong.

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so will the charge distribution on the plates be as shown in the figure??? If B is connected to the negative terminal then will both the sides of the plates will have -Q charge. But the pair of capacitor plates should have opposite charges right? Please i am a little confused with this. Correct me if i am wrong.
no, Plates A and C are positively charged and Plate B is negatively charged

Why would you expect it to be any different to this ?
you cannot get a excess negative charge on a plate connected to the battery positive ;)

Dave

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no, Plates A and C are positively charged and Plate B is negatively charged

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Why would you expect it to be any different to this ?
you cannot get a excess negative charge on a plate connected to the battery positive ;)

Dave
Ok thank you. I thought that the capacitor plates should have + charge on one side and - on other side. May be i got confused.

davenn
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Ok thank you. I thought that the capacitor plates should have + charge on one side and - on other side. May be i got confused.
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Just consider that the negative charge on plate B is going to "drive off " ( repel) negative charges off plates A and C and thereby leaving them positively charged :)

Dave

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