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## What would happen if capacitors were positioned closer?

If the plates of the capacitor are brought closer to each other the capacitance will increase. As distance between the plates of the capacitor decreases capacitance increases. Capacitance is inversely proportional to the distance between two parallel plates.

## How will the capacitance be affected if the plates are moved closer together?

Larger plates provide greater capacity to store electric charge. Capacitance is directly proportional to the electrostatic force field between the plates. This field is stronger when the plates are closer together. Therefore, as the distance between the plates decreases, capacitance increases.

## What will happen if the plates of the capacitors are moved closer or away from each other battery being connected?

Moving the plates further apart decreases the capacitance, also reducing the charge stored by the capacitor. Now the capacitor is charged by the power supply and then the connections to the power supply are removed. The potential difference across the capacitor: increases.

## What happens if the distance between two plates of a capacitor is increased while connected to a battery?

When, seperation between the plates of a charged capacitor increases, capacitance decreases. Case 1: When, battery is removed, charge q remains constant and potential decreases. Case 2: When, battery remains connected, potential remains constant and charge decreases.

## What will happen in the bulb if it is connected in not fully charged capacitor?

When one places a capacitor in a circuit containing a light bulb and a battery, the capacitor will initially charge up, and as this charging up is happening, there will be a nonzero current in the circuit, so the light bulb will light up.

## What is the result of changing the dielectric in a capacitor?

Introducing a dielectric into a capacitor decreases the electric field, which decreases the voltage, which increases the capacitance. A capacitor with a dielectric stores the same charge as one without a dielectric, but at a lower voltage. Therefore a capacitor with a dielectric in it is more effective.

## What happens when you disconnect a capacitor?

A charged capacitor stores energy in the electrical field between its plates. As the capacitor is being charged, the electrical field builds up. When a charged capacitor is disconnected from a battery, its energy remains in the field in the space between its plates. The total energy is the sum of all these energies.

## What is the result of changing the dielectric?

What is the result of changing the dielectric in a capacitor to a dielectric with a larger dielectric constant? The capacitor will have a lower charge at a given potential energy. The capacitor will have a higher potential difference at a given potential energy.

## What happens to the energy stored in a capacitor?

The plates of the capacitor is still connected to the battery, hence moving the plates further apart decreases the capacitance, hence energy stored in the capacitor decreases.

## What happens to the charge of a capacitor when the plates are moved?

Moving the plates further apart decreases the capacitance, also reducing the charge stored by the capacitor. Now the capacitor is charged by the power supply and then the connections to the power supply are removed. When the distance between the plates is increased now, what happens to Q, C, and ΔV? The potential difference across the capacitor:

## Why does the potential difference of a capacitor increase?

The capacitance is still decreased, and the potential difference increases because ΔV = Q/C Another argument for why the potential difference increases is that the potential difference is the field multiplied by the distance between the plates. If the charge is constant the field is constant, so increasing the plate separation increases ΔV.

## What happens when the capacitor is disconnected from the circuit?

If the capacitor, however, is disconnected from the circuit, say after being charged to a particular potential difference, then the charge on the plates will remain fixed, and a change in capacitance (like moving the plates together) results in a change in potential difference precisely as you point out.

## What happens if I take apart the plates of a charged system?

If you discharge the capacitor completely, then both plates have no charge and are neutral. The charge will remain however the energy will not be the same. There is energy stored in the electric field itself. If move the plates you will be doing work on the system. When you move the plates apart the voltage will increase.