Sun March 04, 2012 By: Thajvirkaur

please explain the principle of capacitor?

Expert Reply
Sun March 04, 2012

A Capacitor is a  small device used to store huge amount of electric charge in a small room is called capacitor.

Take an insulated metal plate A. Charge the plate to its maximum potential. Now take another insulated plate B. Take the plate B nearer to plate A. You will observe that negative charge will be produce on the plate near to plate A and the same amount of positive charge will be produced on the other side of plate B.

Now the plate B will start affecting the plate A slowly. The negative charge will start decreasing the electric potential of plate A. But positive charge helps in increasing the potential. But the effect of negative charge is much more than that of the positive because the negative side of plate is near to the plate A. So potential of A will start decreasing and it can be charged again to raise its potential to maximum.

Result: From the above discussion the result is this that the charge carrying capacity of a conductor can be increased by bringing an uncharged conductor in its nearby area. It is shown in the figure above.

.Now connect the plate B to earth. All the positive charge present on plate B will go into the earth. So, only negative charge will remain on the plate B. So the electric potential of plate A will become less to a greater extent. So as a result A will want much more charge to gain its lost potential due to the effect of the negative charge present on plate B.


By taking an uncharged conductor near an insulated conductor, capacitance of the insulated conductor can be increased to a larger amount.


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