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Name of the staff : KP Pratap
Designation : Lecturer in ECE
Institute : GMR Polytechnic Gajwel
Year : DECE 1
Subject : Electronic Components and Devices
Subject code : EC 105.
Topic : Capacitors used in electronic circuits
Duration : 50 minutes
Sub-topic : capacitance
Teaching Aids : Diagrams

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Upon the completion of this topic you would be

able to know

• Know the term capacitance.

• Working principle of capacitor.

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• In previous classes we discussed about

.Different types of Resistors

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• Capacitor is a passive component like


• The name Capacitor has derived from the

word CAPACITY to store energy.

• It was developed after discovery of LAYDEN

jar in 1745.

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• Capacitor consists of two conducting surface
separated by dielectric.

• Different types of capacitors have developed using

different dielectric materials such as air,mica etc.

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• A capacitor consists of two parallel plates
separated by a dielectric material.

• Symbol of capacitor is

• When a voltage is applied across the plates the

capacitor gets charged.

+ _

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• The capacitance of capacitor is the ratio of charge stored

to the voltage applied.

• C=Q/V where Q is charge stored units are columbs and

v is voltage applied across plates.

• C is capacitors capacitance and its units are Farads.

• In any circuit the tendency of capacitor is to oppose
any change in voltage is also defined as capacitance.

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Switch S is open Switch S is closed

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Charging and Discharging of capacitor

++++ ++++ ----

V V ---- ---- ++++

Circuit is Circuit is After total charge source Again capacitor is

open no closed is removed, capacitor is discharging in
charging charging discharging in opposite opposite direction

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Charging and Discharging of Capacitors:
• When switch S is open no voltage is applied across
the plates of capacitor.
• When switch S is closed:
a) Electrons from negative of battery moves to plate A
of capacitor.
b) Free electronics from plate B of capacitor moves
towards +ve terminal of battery, due to electrons
on plate A repels the electrons on plate B.

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c) Now plate A is negatively charged.

d) Plate B is positively charged because of

deficiency of electrons on plate B.

e) So potential difference is created between plate

A and Plate B and capacitor get charge.

• This charging process constitute a current through
the a capacitor.
• This process continues till plate A becomes
negative terminal of the battery and plate B becomes
+ve terminal of the battery.

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When switch is opened:

• The surplus electrons on plate A and deficit electrons on

plate B of the capacitor will stay. The capacitor said to
be charged to the voltage of battery.

• If plate A of capacitor is connected plate B capacitor

through a copper wire the surplus electrons from plate A
flows to plate B and neutralized the positive charge on
plate B.

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• The flow of electrons continue till all the surplus

electron at a plate A moves to plate B. Now the

capacitor is said to be discharge.

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1. A capacitor is a

c) Passive component

e) Active component

g) both

i) None of the above

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2. A capacitor consists of two parallel plates
separated by a

d) Dielectric

f) Metal

h) Semi-conductor

j) None of the above

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3. The units of capacitance are

c) Farads

e) Henry

g) Ohms

i) All of the above

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Frequently asked Questions

1. Define capacitance
2. Explain charging and
discharging of capacitor.

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