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Terms in this set (5)
capacitance
The charge stored in a capacitor per unit potential difference across it
dielectric material
an insulating material used to increase capacitance
relative permittivity
ratio of the charge stored by a parallel-plate capacitor with dielectric filling compared to charge stored without dielectric for the same pd
time constant
time taken for a discharging capacitor to reach 37% of its initial value, or for a charging capacitor to reach 63% of its maximum value (= RC)
half life
time taken for a discharging capacitor to reach 50% of its initial value (= 0.69 * RC)
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