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HCT. BTEC.

Assessment Centre Number 024150

Course: : BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Student:


Diploma in Engineering / Diploma in
Electrical/Electronic Engineering

Unit/s: 6 – Electrical & Electronic Principles

Outcome/s: 2 - Capacitance

Grading criteria:
P4 Describe the types and function of capacitors.
P6 Calculate the charge, voltage and energy values in a DC network for both three
capacitors in series and three capacitors in parallel.
M2 Evaluate capacitance, charge, voltage and energy in a network containing a series-
parallel combination of three capacitors.

Pass: Merit: Distinction:

Instructions:
• All work is to be your own.
• Attempt all questions.
• Work to be legible and succinct, with an adequate grasp of grammar,
punctuation and spelling.
• Calculators may be used but show working step by step.
• Ensure sketches & diagrams are clear, accurate & labelled.
• True graphs, titled & axes labelled.
• List sources where appropriate.

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Assignment - Capacitors
HCT. BTEC. Assessment Centre Number 024150

Grading Criteria and Feedback

P4 Describe the types and function of capacitors.


Task 1

P6 Calculate the charge, voltage and energy values in a DC network for


both three capacitors in series and three capacitors in parallel.
Task 2 & 3

M2 Evaluate capacitance, charge, voltage and energy in a network


containing a series-parallel combination of three capacitors
Task 4

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Assignment - Capacitors
HCT. BTEC. Assessment Centre Number 024150

Assignment - Capacitors

Time allowed: 1½ hr.

This time limited theoretical assignment provides evidence for satisfaction of


the Grading Criteria P4 and P6, and the opportunity to achieve M2. The relevant
grading criteria are given in brackets after each task.

1. Complete the table below with typical properties and values. The entry for
mica capacitors has been included to get you started:

Capacitor Type
Property or feature
Mica Ceramic Polyester Polystyrene Electrolytic

Capacitance range (F) 0.47p – 22n

Typical Tolerance (%) ±1

Typical Voltage rating


350V
(W)
Temperature
+50
coefficient (ppm/°C)

Stability Excellent

Ambient temperature
-40 to +125
range (°C)
Typical applications Tuned
circuits and
oscillators

Use the information that you have obtained to answer the following questions:
a) Which type of capacitor is available with the largest capacitor values?

b) Which type of capacitor is available with the smallest capacitor values?

c) Which type of capacitor has the highest voltage rating?

d) Which type of capacitor has the closest tolerance?

e) Which type of capacitor has the smallest size for a given value?

f) Which type of capacitor would be suitable for:

a. Tuning a radio receiver?

b. Acting as a ‘reservoir’ capacitor in a power supply?

(P4)

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Assignment - Capacitors
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2. Capacitances of 1µF, 3µF and 6µF are connected in series across a 270V
supply. Calculate:
a) The equivalent circuit capacitance,
b) The charge on each capacitor,
c) The p.d. across each capacitor, and
d) The energy stored in each capacitor.
(P6 part)

3. Capacitances of 4µF, 8µF and 16µF are connected in parallel across a 300V
supply. Calculate:
a) The equivalent circuit capacitance,
b) The charge on each capacitor,
c) The p.d. across each capacitor, and
d) The energy stored in each capacitor.
(P6 part)

4. The circuit below shows a network of three capacitors. Determine the


following:
(a) the value of one single capacitor that could replace the three
capacitors.
(b) the potential difference that will appear across each capacitor
(c) the charge present in each capacitor
(d) the energy stored in each capacitor
(e) the total energy stored in the circuit

C1
45µF

240V
C2 C3
68µF 22µF

Show all of your workings and state clearly the relationships on which you
have based your calculations.
(M2)

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Assignment - Capacitors