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PHY 184 Week 5 Notes

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PHY 184 Week 5 Notes PHY 184

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Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
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Date Created: 09/24/16
PHY 184 Week 5 Notes-Capacitors 9/27-9/30  Capacitors o Device that can store energy  Many different uses o Camera Flash o Touch Screens  Essential in Electronics  Capacitor consist of two separated conductors with an insulating layer o Can be rolled up with another insulator to increase the surface and storage  A simple geometry of a capacitor each with area A and distance d in a vacuum with charge on one plate of +q and a charge on the other of -q  The surface of the conductor is an equipotential surface o Equipotential lines are close to each other near the plate and far away outside of the plates  Electric field lines are perpendicular to equipotential lines o Almost uniform between the plates o Far from the plates it acts as a dipole  Field outside of the plates is called the fringe field Capacitance  The main property of a Capacitor is its Capacitance  Capacitance is given by q o C=| | ∆V  Capacitance is an intrinsic value of the capacitor o It cannot change  Capacitance shows how much charge can be stored at a given Voltage ∆V o q=C ¿) Farad  The unit of capacitance is called the Farad 1C o 1F= 1V  1 Farad is a very large capacitance o Most Capacitors range from pF to μF Finite Parallel Plates  We already know that σ q o E= ε = Aε o 0  The voltage difference between the plates is ∆ V=−∫Eds o  From the negative to positive plate −Eds =¿Ed d o ∆V=− ∫ 0  Capacitance of Parallel Plates is therefore Aε C= q = 0 o ∆V| d Cylindrical Capacitor  Consider a capacitor constructed by 2 co-axial conducting cylinders of length L inner radius r a1d outer radius r 2 o Inner cylinder has charge -q and outer cylinder has charge +q  From symmetry electric field is radial ∯ E ∙dA=−E ∯ dA=−E 2πrL = −q  ε0 q o E= ε 2πrL 0  Voltage difference is f r2 2 q q r o ∆ V=−∫E∙ds=− E∫r= ∫ dr= ln 2 i r1 1ε02πrL 0 2πL r1  Capacitance is then q q ε 2πL C= = = 0 o |∆V q r2 r2 ln ln ε02πL r1 r1 Spherical Capacitor  Capacitor made of 2 concentric spheres o Inner sphere charged to -q with radius r 1 o Outer sphere charged to +q with radius r 2  Electric Field is radial and uniform  Applying Gauss Law E ∙dA=EA=E(4πr )=2 q o ∯ ε0 q E= 2  4πε 0 Voltage difference is f 2 2 q −q 1 1 o ∆ V=− ∫∙ds=− Ed∫= ∫ 2dr= 4πε r( )− r i 1 14πε 0 0 1 2  Capacitance r r C=4πε 0 1 2 o r2−r1 Capacitance of a Single Sphere  The capacitance of a single sphere is obtained from the above result with the outer sphere having an infinite radius C=4πε R o 0  Potential is then q o ∆ V=k r Electric Properties of a Capacitor  These configurations use a vacuum to separate the plates o ε d0termines the electrical properties Dielectric Materials  2 layers of a capacitor are separated by and insulating material that is dielectric o 2 kinds of dielectric material, polar and non-polar  Polar materials have a permanent dipole moment  These dipoles are randomly oriented  Electric fields will make them all point the same way  Non-polar materials have no permanent dipole moment  Can be polarized to align in an electric field o Smaller effect than polar  These materials serve several purposes o Provides a way to maintain separation o Provides insulation o Increases the capacitance o Allows capacitor to hold a higher voltage Electric Field in a Dielectric  In a dielectric, the Field d resulting from the aligned dipole will reduce E ET=E−E d o Capacitor with Dielectrics  Placing a dielectric has the effect of lowering the electric field allowing more charge to be stored  It will increase the capacitance of the capacitor by a dielectric constant κ. C=κC o air κ ≡1,κ ≡1 o vaccum air Parallel Plate Capacitor  Placing a dielectric between the plates E=E a=r q = q o κ κε0A εA  Electric permittivity o ε=κε 0  Making Capacitance εA o C= d Work to Charge a Capacitor  When a battery charges a capacitor charge accumulates on the capacitor  We have to work to put charges on something already charged  Work is therefore dW=∆V ' dq' o  If there is a capacitance C dW=∆V dq =' q'dq' o C  Total work is then qq' 1 q o Wt=∫dW= ∫ dq'= 0C 2 C  Energy stored in the Capacitor is then given by 1 q2 1 2 1 o U= = CV = qV 2 C 2 2  Electric Energy Density, u, is defined by potential energy per volume  For a Parallel Plate Capacitor U CV 2 1 2 o u= Ad= 2Ad =2ε 0 Circuits with Capacitors  Electric Circuits are a set of elements connected with wires  These need some form of power source Wires  Wires are represented by a line o All points of the wire are at the same potential  Equivalent to a point Charging and Discharging a Capacitor  When connected to a battery, current will flow until the capacitor is charged Combination of Capacitors  Parallel o Potential is the same across all the capacitors  V=V =1 =…2V n o Charges are given by q=q +q +…+q =(C +C +…C )V  1 2 n 1 2 n  Series o Charge is the same across the series V= q o c eq 1 1 1 1 = + +…+  C eq C 1 C 2 C n


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