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Problem: A capacitor consists of two 7.0-cm-diameter circular plates separated by 1.0 mm. The plates are charged to 160 V , then the battery is removed.1) How much energy is stored in the capacitor?2) How much work must be done to pull the plates apart to where the distance between them is 2.0 mm?

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Energy stored in the capacitor is given by:

U=12CV2

Capacitance:

C=ε0Ad

1)

Area, A = πr2, but r = 7.0/2 = 3.5 cm

A = π(3.5 × 10-2)2 = 3.85 × 10-3 m2 

Capacitance:

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A capacitor consists of two 7.0-cm-diameter circular plates separated by 1.0 mm. The plates are charged to 160 V , then the battery is removed.

1) How much energy is stored in the capacitor?

2) How much work must be done to pull the plates apart to where the distance between them is 2.0 mm?

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