Day 54: Characterizing the Capacitance of the Circuit

Today, AP Physics 2 students quickly reconstructed the circuit from yesterday. Since the internal capacitance of this circuit is on the order of the capacitance of the parallel plate capacitors that they will build. Therefore, it is important to characterize this circuit to determine this internal capacitance. Characterizing the measurement apparatus is emerging as a theme in our labs. Students performed a similar characterization in the heat engine lab to determine the volume of the gas. In this case, students plotted capacitance vs. period and examined the intercept to determine the internal capacitance.

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