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Thursday, February 6, 2014

For Periods 1-2, 7-8

We will be starting capacitor circuits.  Check out the two videos below.  The first introduces you to capacitance, defined through the relationship Q = CV, where Q is the stored charge of a capacitor, C is the capacitance (measured in a unit called a farad), and V is the voltage difference across a capacitor.  In particular, you will see an old friend, Gauss's law, to find an E-field, then integration to find the voltage difference, and then a determination of C from the definition.

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Next, capacitor circuits in series, parallel and combinations are similar to resistor circuits you already have done.  The rules are all similar, so check this out to compare and contrast R circuits to C circuits. Keep in mind that we have the same two rules for finding series and parallel capacitance, only flip-flopped for capacitors (compared to resistors).

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