# Capacitors circuit

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This is a screenshot from the examiners report.

The question was:

"A student is investigating how the potential difference across a capacitor varies with time as the capacitor is charging. He uses a 100microF capacitor, a 5V d.c. Supply, a resistor, a voltmeter and a switch.

Draw a diagram of the circuit he should use"

Why is the circuit in the picture correct? Shouldnt the resistor be connected down, so that when the switch is opened, the capacitor discharges through the resistor?

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This is a screenshot from the examiners report.

The question was:

"A student is investigating how the potential difference across a capacitor varies with time as the capacitor

Draw a diagram of the circuit he should use"

Why is the circuit in the picture correct? Shouldnt the resistor be connected down, so that when the switch is opened, the capacitor

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**jtbteddy**)This is a screenshot from the examiners report.

The question was:

"A student is investigating how the potential difference across a capacitor varies with time as the capacitor

**is charging**. He uses a 100microF capacitor, a 5V d.c. Supply, a resistor, a voltmeter and a switch.Draw a diagram of the circuit he should use"

Why is the circuit in the picture correct? Shouldnt the resistor be connected down, so that when the switch is opened, the capacitor

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The question says charges, not discharges.

When the switch is closed the cell charges the capacitor through the resistor.

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The question says charges, not discharges.

When the switch is closed the cell charges the capacitor through the resistor.

**Stonebridge**)The question says charges, not discharges.

When the switch is closed the cell charges the capacitor through the resistor.

Could you also help me with this one, please?

http://pastpapers.edexcel.com/conten...e_20130613.pdf

Question 14cii)

Here's the mark scheme for it:

I understand why a tangent has to be drawn, i got 2400Vs-1, but i dont understand how to get from there to find the current. Can you help please?

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Got it, i misread it.

Could you also help me with this one, please?

http://pastpapers.edexcel.com/conten...e_20130613.pdf

Question 14cii)

Here's the mark scheme for it:

I understand why a tangent has to be drawn, i got 2400Vs-1, but i dont understand how to get from there to find the current. Can you help please?

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**jtbteddy**)Got it, i misread it.

Could you also help me with this one, please?

http://pastpapers.edexcel.com/conten...e_20130613.pdf

Question 14cii)

Here's the mark scheme for it:

I understand why a tangent has to be drawn, i got 2400Vs-1, but i dont understand how to get from there to find the current. Can you help please?

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The charge on the capacitor at any time is

Q=CV

So if you have the rate of change of V from the tangent (this is dV/dt)

You have the rate of change of charge from dQ/dt = C . (dV/dt)

In other words, the rate of change of pd times the capacitance gives the rate of change of charge on the capacitor.

Rate of change of charge is the rate at which the charge is flowing off the capacitor.

And rate of flow of charge is ...

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The charge on the capacitor at any time is

Q=CV

So if you have the rate of change of V from the tangent (this is dV/dt)

In other words, the rate of change of pd times the capacitance gives the rate of change of charge on the capacitor.

Rate of change of charge is the rate at which the charge is flowing off the capacitor.

And rate of flow of charge is ...

**Stonebridge**)The charge on the capacitor at any time is

Q=CV

So if you have the rate of change of V from the tangent (this is dV/dt)

**You have the rate of change of charge from dQ/dt = C . (dV/dt)**

In other words, the rate of change of pd times the capacitance gives the rate of change of charge on the capacitor.

Rate of change of charge is the rate at which the charge is flowing off the capacitor.

And rate of flow of charge is ...

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I don't understand the bold bit .. Q = It, so dQ/dt should give me current?

**jtbteddy**)I don't understand the bold bit .. Q = It, so dQ/dt should give me current?

And you get d

**Q**/dt by multiplying d

**V**/dt by the capacitance

**C**because Q=CV

You got dV/dt from the graph.

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Yes.

And you get d

You got dV/dt from the graph.

**Stonebridge**)Yes.

And you get d

**Q**/dt by multiplying d**V**/dt by the capacitance**C**because Q=CVYou got dV/dt from the graph.

The graph gives me dV/dt, and since Q = CV, C = dQ/dV

Multiplying dV/dt by dQ/dV cancels outs the dVs, giving me dQ/dt

Makes sense looking at it like that .. But how would I have thought of that in the exam? Can you help please? It wouldn't have occured to me

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Looking at that now makes sense ...

The graph gives me dV/dt, and since Q = CV, C = dQ/dV

Multiplying dV/dt by dQ/dV cancels outs the dVs, giving me dQ/dt

Makes sense looking at it like that .. But how would I have thought of that in the exam? Can you help please? It wouldn't have occured to me

**jtbteddy**)Looking at that now makes sense ...

The graph gives me dV/dt, and since Q = CV, C = dQ/dV

Multiplying dV/dt by dQ/dV cancels outs the dVs, giving me dQ/dt

Makes sense looking at it like that .. But how would I have thought of that in the exam? Can you help please? It wouldn't have occured to me

You've seen it now, so next time it comes up (or something similar) you'll remember this example and hopefully make the connection.

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It comes with practice and experience.

You've seen it now, so next time it comes up (or something similar) you'll remember this example and hopefully make the connection.

**Stonebridge**)It comes with practice and experience.

You've seen it now, so next time it comes up (or something similar) you'll remember this example and hopefully make the connection.

Thank you

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**Stonebridge**)

The question says charges, not discharges.

When the switch is closed the cell charges the capacitor through the resistor.

Stonebridge, can you have a look at the graph again? If it's connected in parallel across the cell and also the capacitor, which PD is it actually measuring?

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