Chapter 26: Capacitors and Dielectrics

Study Plan

As we learn about capacitance in this chapter, we can consider such questions as:

  • What is the combined capacitance of each 20-capacitor bank? Of all 192 banks? (Example 4, page 835)
  • How much charge can be stored on each NIF capacitor? The conductors in each capacitor are separated by an insulator, known as a dielectric. How does the presence of a dielectric modify the properties of a capacitor? (Example 7, page 841)
  • How much energy can be stored in each NIF capacitor? In the entire array? (Example 10, page 845)

Organize

  1. Prepare for lecture by reading the assigned sections from Chapter 26 in your textbook or ebook. This will provide an organizing framework for concepts introduced in lecture, and help you take better notes.
  2. Take the checkup quiz and work the Checkup questions in your textbook to assess your understanding of basic concepts. Take note of any topics you need to review further.
  3. Review the Examples from your textbook. These progress from simple to complex, and provide concrete illustrations of the concepts discussed.
  4. Review the Problem Solving Techniques box on Combinations of Capacitors from your textbook.

Learn

  1. Re-read Chapter 26 and review your lecture notes.
  2. Use the FlashCards to test your memory for new key terms and equations.
  3. Work the end of chapter Problems and Review Problems assigned by your instructor. If your instructor has assigned SmartWork online homework, login from the right navigation pane.

Connect

  1. Throughout the text Physics in Practice boxes explore real-world applications of core concepts in specific detail. In Chapter 26 see:
    Concept in Context Physics in Practice: Capacitor Microphone
  2. Physics in the News offers additional real-world physics applications, and a daily dose of science-based news.

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