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Byju’s Practice Workshop

Topic covered:
 Capacitors – Part 1

1. A photographic flash unit consists of a xenon-filled tube. It gives a flash of average

power 2000 W for 0.04 s. The flash is due to discharge of a fully charged capacitor of 40
𝜇𝐹. The voltage to which it is charged before a flash is given by the unit is

a. 1500 V b. 2000 V
c. 2500 V d. 3000 V

2. A parallel-plate capacitor has plates of area A and separation d and is charged to a

potential difference V. The charging battery is then disconnected and the plates are
pulled apart until their separation is 2d. What is the work required to separate the

2𝜖0 𝐴𝑉 2 𝜖0 𝐴𝑉 2
a. b.
𝑑 𝑑
3𝜖0 𝐴𝑉 2 𝜖0 𝐴𝑉 2
c. d.
2𝑑 2𝑑

3. The plates of a parallel – plate capacitor have an area of 90 𝑐𝑚2 each and are separated
by 2 mm. The capacitor is charged by connecting it to a 400 V supply. Then the energy
density of the energy stored (𝑖𝑛 𝐽𝑚−3 ) in the capacitor is (Take 𝜖0 = 8.8 ×
10−12 𝐹𝑚−1 )

a. 0.113 b. 0.117
c. 0.152 d. None of these

4. The resultant capacitance between the points A and B in the figure is

5. A parallel-plate capacitor is made by stacking n equally spaced plates connected

alternatively. If the capacitance between any two adjacent plates is C, then the
resultant capacitance is

a. n𝐶 b. C
c. (n + 1)C d. (n - 1)C

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6. We wish to obtain a capacitance of 5 𝜇𝐹, by using some capacitors, each of 2 𝜇𝐹. Then,
the minimum number of capacitors required is

a. 3 b. 4
c. 5 d. Not possible

7. A spherical drop of capacitance 12 𝜇𝐹 is broken into eight drops of equal radius. Then,
what is the capacitance of each small drop in 𝜇𝐹?

For Q.8 – Q.9, please refer to the following paragraph

Consider the figure. Each capacitor has capacitance C.

8. The equivalent capacitance between 4 and 5 is

3𝐶 3𝐶
a. ( 4 ) b. ( 2 )
3𝐶 5𝐶
c. ( 5 ) d. ( 4 )

9. The capacitance between 1 and 3 is

3𝐶 3𝐶
a. ( 4 ) b. ( 2 )
5𝐶 5𝐶
c. ( 2 ) d. ( 4 )

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10. Two parallel conducting plates, each of area A, are separated by a distance
d. Now, the left plate is given a positive charge Q. A positive charge q of
mass m is released from a point near the left plate. Find the time taken by
the charge to reach the right plate.

3𝑑𝑚𝜖0 𝐴 4𝑑𝑚𝜖0 𝐴
a. √ b. √
𝑞𝑄 𝑞𝑄
2𝑑𝑚𝜖0 𝐴
c. √ d. None of these

11. Find the capacitance between P and O. Each capacitor has capacitance C.

a. 2C b. 3C
c. 8C d. 6C

12. One plate of a capacitor is fixed and the other is connected to a spring as shown in the
figure. Area of both the plates is A. In steady state (equilibrium), separation between
the plates is 0.8d (spring was unstretched and the distance
between the plates was d when the capacitor was
uncharged). The force constant of the spring is

125 𝜖0 𝐴𝐸 2 2𝜖0 𝐴𝐸 2
a. b.
32 𝑑3 𝑑3
6𝜖0 𝐸 2 𝜖0 𝐴𝐸 3
c. d.
𝐴𝑑2 2𝑑3

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13. The work done in increasing the potential of a capacitor from V volt to 2V volt is W.
Then, the work done in increasing the potential of the same capacitor from 2V volt to
4V volt will be

a. W b. 2 W
c. 4 W d. 8 W

14. A capacitor of capacitance 𝐶0 is charged to a potential 𝑉0 and then isolated. A small

capacitor C is then charged from 𝐶0 , discharged and charged again; the process being
repeated n times. Due to this, potential of the larger capacitor is decreased to V. The
value of C is

𝑉 1/𝑛 𝑉 1/𝑛
a. 𝐶0 ( 𝑉0 ) b. 𝐶0 [( 𝑉0 ) − 1]
𝑉 𝑛 𝑉 𝑛
c. 𝐶0 [(𝑉 − 1)] d. 𝐶0 [(𝑉 ) + 1]
0 0

15. A number of capacitors, each of equal capacitance C, are arranged

as shown in the figure. The equivalent capacitance between A and
B is

a. 𝑛2 𝐶 b. (2𝑛 + 1)𝐶

(𝑛−1)𝑛 (𝑛+1)𝑛
c. 𝐶 d. 𝐶
2 2

16. In figure, three capacitors 𝐶1 , 𝐶2 and 𝐶3 are joined to a

battery. With symbols having their usual meaning, the
correct conditions will be

a. 𝑄1 = 𝑄2 = 𝑄3 and 𝑉1 = 𝑉2 = 𝑉3 + 𝑉
b. 𝑄1 = 𝑄2 + 𝑄3 and 𝑉 = 𝑉1 + 𝑉2 + 𝑉3
c. 𝑄1 = 𝑄2 + 𝑄3 and 𝑉 = 𝑉1 + 𝑉2
d. 𝑄2 = 𝑄3 and 𝑉2 = 𝑉3

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For Q.17 – Q.19, please refer to the following paragraph

Consider the figure.

17. The charge appearing on 𝐶2 is

a. 𝐸 (𝐶 3+𝐶4 ) b. 𝐸 (𝐶 1+𝐶2 )
1 2 1 2
c. 𝐸 (𝐶 1+𝐶2 ) d. 𝐸 (𝐶 3+𝐶4 )
3 4 3 4

18. The potential difference 𝑉𝐴 − 𝑉𝐵 is

𝐶1 𝐶4 −𝐶2 𝐶3 𝐶1 𝐶4 +𝐶2 𝐶3
a. 𝐸 [(𝐶 ] b. 𝐸 [(𝐶 ]
1 +𝐶2 )(𝐶3 +𝐶4 ) 1 +𝐶3 )(𝐶2 +𝐶4 )
𝐶1 𝐶3 −𝐶2 𝐶4 𝐶1 𝐶3 −𝐶2 𝐶4
c. 𝐸 [(𝐶 +𝐶 ] d. 𝐸 [(𝐶 ]
1 2 )(𝐶3 +𝐶4 ) 1 +𝐶3 )(𝐶2 +𝐶4 )

19. The condition for which the potential difference between A and B is zero is

a. 𝐶1 𝐶2 = 𝐶3 𝐶4 b. 𝐶1 𝐶4 = 𝐶2 𝐶3
c. 𝐶1 𝐶3 = 𝐶2 𝐶4 d. None of these

20. Ten capacitors are joined in parallel and charged with a battery up to a potential V.
They are then disconnected from battery and joined in series. Then, the potential of
this combination will be

a. 1 V b. 10 V
c. 5 V d. 2 V

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
(b) (d) (d) 15 (d) (b) 6 (b) (c) (b)

11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
(a) (a) (b) (b) (d) (c) (b) (a) (b) (b)

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