mark asked in Science & MathematicsPhysics · 4 years ago

# Capacitor question?

when one of the capacitor plates is already given a charge and the second place is brought near and both are connected to an emf source then will the charge on both plates be equal.

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• Vaman
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4 years ago

If both plates are good conductors, then charges will be shared. Otherwise, you may get sparks. Charges will be shared proportional to the area.

• 4 years ago

Your question: "Capacitor question? when one of the capacitor plates is already given a charge and the second place is brought near and both are connected to an emf source then will the charge on both plates be equal."

Your concept of a capacitor in a circuit is not accurate.

I do not care to speculate about how one might equate capacitance to static charges. That is not generally how capacitors are used and is strictly theoretical in most cases. But for real-world capacitors, it is as follows:

The charge is created by a potential difference between one plate and the other. That follows from the polarity of current used to charge the capacitor, i.e., one side is more positive than the other, or more negative, depending on how you want to think of it. A capacitor stores charge until one of two things occurs:

(1) The dielectric breakdown voltage is reached causing current through the capacitor in the direction it was charging.

(2) The polarity of charging current reverse causing current in the opposite direction as charging current.

The latter is what is used to smooth out voltage levels in a power supply.

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This has very real implications in pathology, particularly in demyelinating disorders of the nervous system.

It also is of practical interest to artificial transmission of electromagnetic signals to the nervous system, either by implants, surface induction transmitters, or remotely directed signals of a more sophisticated nature.

As far as I know, most published work available to the public one way or another comes from medical-related or prosthetics industry research. But as you might imagine, much more sophisticated research has been conducted and implemented during times and in places where there were plenty of research subjects available at low cost:

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