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24.59
c

C1

C2
C1

.. A parallel-plate capacitor has square plates that are


8.00 cm on each side and 3.80 mm apart. The space between the
plates is completely
filled 2015
with two square slabs of dielectric, each
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8.00 cm on a side and 1.90 mm thick. One slab is Pyrex glass
Written
Analytical Homework Assignment #4 (ch24)
and the other is polystyrene. If the potential difference between
the plates is 86.0 V, how much electrical energy is stored in the
capacitor?
This
assignment will be collected at the beginning of class 11A (27-Sep). Include an
24.66 .. A parallel-plate ca- Figure P24.66
original
(hand-written) and a 2nd identical copy. The instructor will keep the original
pacitor is made from two
+
+
+
+
+
+
and
copyside
to a different
student
so
that
the assignment can be graded as
plateshand
12.0 out
cm the
on each

and 4.50
apart.
Half of After
part
of a mm
group
discussion.
the
assignment
is
graded
and assigned a score by the
Plexiglas
Air
the space between these plates
grading
student, the instructor
will
collect
the copy.
The instructor with review the

contains only air, but the other

graded
copywith
so as
to make sure it was graded correctly and not modified from the
half is filled
Plexiglas
of dielectricIfconstant
3.40no
(Fig.
P24.66).
18.0-V
battery
is
original.
there are
issues,
theAn
score
will
be recorded.
Otherwise, a different score
connected across the plates. (a) What is the capacitance of this
may be recorded.
combination? (Hint: Can you think of this capacitor as equivalent
to two capacitors in parallel?) (b) How much energy is stored in
the capacitor? (c) If we remove the Plexiglas but change nothing
else, how much energy will be stored in the capacitor?
24.67 .. Three square metal Figure P24.67
plates A, B, and C, each
Metal
12.0 cm on a side and 1.50 mm
Paper
thick, are arranged as in
A
Fig. P24.67. The plates are a
b
B
separated by sheets of paper
C
0.45 mm thick and with dielectric constant 4.2. The outer
plates are connected together and connected to point b. The inner
plate is connected to point a. (a) Copy the diagram and show by
plus and minus signs the charge distribution on the plates when
point a is maintained at a positive potential relative to point b.
(b) What is the capacitance between points a and b?
24.68 .. A fuel gauge uses a Figure P24.68
capacitor to determine the height
+ V
of the fuel in a tank. The effective
dielectric constant Keff changes
Battery
from a value of 1 when the tank is
empty to a value of K, the dielecAir
tric constant of the fuel, when the
L
tank is full. The appropriate electronic circuitry can determine
w
the effective dielectric constant
Fuel
h
of the combined air and fuel
between the capacitor plates. Each
of the two rectangular plates has
a width w and a length L (Fig. P24.68). The height of the fuel
between the plates is h. You can ignore any fringing effects.
(a) Derive an expression for Keff as a function of h. (b) What is the
effective dielectric constant for a tank 14 full, 12 full, and 34 full if
the fuel is gasoline 1K = 1.952? (c) Repeat part (b) for methanol
1K = 33.02. (d) For which fuel is this fuel gauge more practical?
24.69 .. DATA Your electronics company has several identical capacitors with capacitance C1 and several others with capacitance C2.
You must determine the values of C1 and C2 but dont have access
to C1 and C2 individually. Instead, you have a network with C1 and
C2 connected in series and a network with C1 and C2 connected
in parallel. You have a 200.0-V battery and instrumentation that
measures the total energy supplied by the battery when it is connected to the network. When the parallel combination is connected
to the battery, 0.180 J of energy is stored in the network. When the
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C1

C1
d

C1

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30.0 S
mF

Signal
device

0.0 mF

0.0 mF

0.0 mF
Signal
device

tes. (a) A voltmeter


. When a dielectric
ling the space, the
ic constant of this
he dielectric is now
the space between

e P24.62

Express the capacin the metal slab is


capacitance in the

V is applied across
C2 = 4.00 mF and
be if the network is

cylindrical capacil. It is surrounded


inner radius rb and
What is the energy
at a distance r from
lculated in part (a)
length L of the cagy per unit length.
t length calculated
U>L. Does your re-

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