Capacitance Experiment - EX-5533



In this experiment designed for use with PASCO Capstone software, the lab explores the effect of varying the plate distance and insulating dielectric materials in a variable flat plate capacitor. Students also acquire data that allows the calculation of an experimentally derived value for the permittivity constant.

The Electrometer used in this experiment makes it possible to measure the voltage across the capacitor plates without discharging the capacitor since it has an internal resistance of 1014 ohms.

Concepts Covered:

  • Capacitance
  • Parallel Plate Capacitor
  • Factors Affecting Capacitance

Manipulation of the computer model allows measurement of the capacitance of the connecting cables and the charge on the system.

Buying Guide

Interface Required

This product requires an 850 Universal Interface for use.

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Software Required

This product requires or recommends PASCO Capstone for data collection and analysis.