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written by Michael Davidson
published by the Florida State University
supported by the National Science Foundation
This is a well-designed  tutorial for beginners on the topic of capacitance, the property of an electric conductor to store an electric charge. It includes a brief history, simple descriptions of how capacitors work in series and parallel circuits, explanations of factors affecting capacitance, and examples of capacitors in action.  The accompanying interactive java simulations bring all the concepts together into a cohesive unit.

This page is part of a much larger collection of tutorials on electricity and magnetism, created and maintained by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University. SEE RELATED ITEMS on this page for a link to the full collection.

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Electricity & Magnetism
- Capacitance
- Electromotive Force and Current
- Electrostatics
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- Lower Undergraduate
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Keywords:
Leyden jar, capacitance, capacitors, dielectric, electricity, electricity simulations, electromotive force, lightning, simulations for capacitance, variable capacitors
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Metadata instance created July 7, 2006 by Jessica Hollums
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: "Static" Electricity
Unit Title: Capacitors and their Effect on Electricity

Capacitors are electrical devices designed to store electric charge. This Java tutorial blends text with simulations to provide an excellent overview of the topic of capacitance.

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Topic: "Static" Electricity
Unit Title: Capacitors and their Effect on Electricity

This resource blends text with interactive java simulations to provide an excellent overview of the topic of capacitance.  It includes descriptions of how electric capacitors work and introduces simple calculations.

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M. Davidson, (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1995), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/electricity/capacitance.html).
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M. Davidson, Molecular Expressions: An Introduction to Capacitance (Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1995), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/electricity/capacitance.html>.
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Davidson, M. (2003, March 14). Molecular Expressions: An Introduction to Capacitance. Retrieved August 30, 2014, from Florida State University: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/electricity/capacitance.html
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: An Introduction to Capacitance. Tallahassee: Florida State University, March 14, 2003. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/electricity/capacitance.html (accessed 30 August 2014).
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: An Introduction to Capacitance. Tallahassee: Florida State University, 1995. 14 Mar. 2003. National Science Foundation. 30 Aug. 2014 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/electricity/capacitance.html>.
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