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Charging And Discharging A Capacitor


Charging And Discharging A Capacitor

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Examine how electrons flow within a circuit consisting of a capacitor and battery using this tutorial. Visitors can throw a virtual switch to connect the circuit and observe the battery charge the capacitor. Once the capacitor is fully charged, the switch can be reversed to discharge the capacitor.
Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Java Applet
Date Added to MERLOT: February 10, 2001
Date Modified in MERLOT: February 14, 2009
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Submitter: John Walkup



Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no
Creative Commons: unsure


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Avatar for Robert Sporken
10 years ago

Robert Sporken (Faculty)

Nice graphics, very easy to use, but nothing quantitative to learn. The flow of charges during
discharge is misleading. I would like to see 1) a resistance in series with the
capacitor, and 2) a display of V and/or I vs. time.
Used in course

Avatar for John Walkup
13 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

Outstanding! This simulation shows the user how charge flows in a circuit
containing a capacitor. The user then understands why the capacitor charges,
and why it discharges once the EMF is removed. Very nice graphics and smooth