Capacitors: Construction, Charging & Discharging

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At its most basic, what defines a capacitor?

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1. In a capacitor, what sort of materials make up the outside plates surrounding the dielectric?

2. What happens to a capacitor when DC current enters the circuit?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out how much you know about capacitors with this quiz/worksheet. Pay attention to concepts such as how to define a capacitor and the materials that make up the outside plates surrounding the dielectric of a capacitor.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Make sure you understand the following:

  • Impact of a DC current on a capacitor
  • A capacitor's time constant
  • The reason capacitors act differently with an AC current

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can correctly define a capacitor
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the materials that make up the outside plates around a capacitor and the time constraint of a capacitor
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the reason why capacitors have different behavior when running on AC current
  • Making connections - use your understanding of DC current and how it's connected to a capacitor

Additional Learning

Get some more information on electrical components with the lesson called Capacitors: Construction, Charging & Discharging. These points will be highlighted:

  • Basics uses of a capacitor
  • Capacitor parts
  • Capacitance
  • Frequency of AC current
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