Would there exist capacitance if the speed of light....

• Kohler1000
In summary, the speed of light does not directly affect capacitance, which is a fundamental property of an electrical circuit. It can indirectly impact the behavior of a capacitor through the propagation delay of electromagnetic waves. However, this does not change the value of a capacitor, which is determined by physical characteristics. The speed of light can also slightly affect the charging and discharging of a capacitor due to propagation delay, but it does not alter the overall behavior of the capacitor.
Kohler1000
...were infinite? In other words: is capacitance a reflex of the finitude of the speed of light? Please elaborate.

Thanks a lot in advance.

You have to modify electromagnetism somehow to get an infinite speed of light. The answer can depend on how you do that. I guess most natural ways to do it would still keep a capacitance, all you need to keep is some attraction between opposite charges.

1. Would there exist capacitance if the speed of light was infinite?

Yes, capacitance is a fundamental property of an electrical circuit and is not dependent on the speed of light. Even if the speed of light was infinite, capacitance would still exist.

2. How does the speed of light affect capacitance?

The speed of light does not directly affect capacitance. However, it can indirectly affect the behavior of a capacitor in an electrical circuit through the propagation delay of electromagnetic waves.

3. Would capacitance be different in a vacuum where the speed of light is faster?

No, capacitance is a fundamental property of a capacitor and is not affected by the medium it is placed in. It would remain the same in a vacuum with a faster speed of light.

4. Can the speed of light change the value of a capacitor?

No, the value of a capacitor is determined by its physical characteristics such as its size, shape, and material. The speed of light does not have any direct influence on these factors.

5. Does the speed of light affect the charging and discharging of a capacitor?

Yes, the speed of light can have an impact on the charging and discharging of a capacitor due to the propagation delay of electromagnetic waves. This can cause a slight delay in the charging and discharging process, but it does not change the overall behavior of a capacitor.

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