Problem 26.9: Capacitors in parallel (microscopic view)

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The animation shows two parallel-plate capacitors connected by conducting wires to a battery (the two circles to the left). When you push the "play" button, the battery is connected to the capacitors and electrons are pulled away from the associated positive charges (charge separation occurs). Restart.

  1. Which capacitor has the larger capacitance?
  2. Which has the larger electric potential difference between the plates?
  3. Which has the greater electric field between the plates? Explain.

Problem authored by Anne J. Cox.
Script authored by Morten Brydensholt.
Applet authored by Vojko Valencic.


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