Problem: You have two capacitors, one is 6.0 μF the other is 3.0 μF. You also have some wires and a 9.0 V battery.  Determine the total energy stored by the capacitors when a) Connected in parallel and b) connected in series. Which configuration has greater energy?

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Energy, E = (1/2)CV2

a) For parallel:

Ceq = 6 + 3 = 9.0 μF

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You have two capacitors, one is 6.0 μF the other is 3.0 μF. You also have some wires and a 9.0 V battery.  

Determine the total energy stored by the capacitors when a) Connected in parallel and b) connected in series. Which configuration has greater energy?