Problem: A fully charged capacitor is in a circuit with a resistor and an initially open switch. What happens to the charge on the capacitor immediately after the switch is thrown?A. The electrons on the negative plate of the capacitor are held inside the capacitor by the positive charge on the other plate.B. Only the surface charge is held in the capacitor; the charge inside the metal plates flows through the resistor.C. The electrons on the negative plate immediately pass through the resistor and neutralize the charge on the positive plate.D. The electrons on the negative plate eventually pass through the resistor and neutralize the charge on the positive plate.

FREE Expert Solution

Immediately after the switch is thrown, electrons will start to move away from the negative plate towards the positive plate of the capacitor.

These electrons pass through the resistor, which slows the flow of charge.

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A fully charged capacitor is in a circuit with a resistor and an initially open switch. What happens to the charge on the capacitor immediately after the switch is thrown?

A. The electrons on the negative plate of the capacitor are held inside the capacitor by the positive charge on the other plate.
B. Only the surface charge is held in the capacitor; the charge inside the metal plates flows through the resistor.
C. The electrons on the negative plate immediately pass through the resistor and neutralize the charge on the positive plate.
D. The electrons on the negative plate eventually pass through the resistor and neutralize the charge on the positive plate.