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This text is meant to accompany class discussions. It is not everything there is to know about the basics of torque and the two conditions of equilibrium. It is meant as a prep for class. More detailed notes and examples are given in the class notes, presentations, and demonstrations (click here.)
Questions Click for the questions that go with this reading
Page Topic
Definition of "capacitance"
Parallel plate capacitor
Dielectric and dielectric breakdown voltage
Stored energy
Schematics and identifying series and parallel
Capacitors in parallel ...calculations
Capacitors in series ...calculations
Reducing a compound circuit of capacitors to an equivalent capacitor.
Find the potential difference across and the charge on each capacotor in a compound circuit
Calculating the energy stored in a circuit of only capacitors.
6 Applications of the rules for parallel and series circuits.


01: Capacitance and capacitor basics with some simple applications
02: The beginning of single power source circuits using capacitors. Describes how to determine parallel and series circuits and the charge and voltage across each capacitor.
03: Conceptual applications of paralell and series capacitors parts of circuits.
Answers to selected problems
This is a collection of "Questions for Understanding," that students answer when they enter my class while things settle down.

by Tony Wayne ...(If you are a teacher, please feel free to use these resources in your teaching.)

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