Advanced Placement / Physics

Capacitor Fundamentals

In this lab, students use a digital capacitance meter and construct capacitors from aluminum foil and paper to determine how physical properties of a parallel-plate capacitor affect its ability to store electric charge.

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Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
11.3 4.E.4.2; 4.E.4.3

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Basic Digital Multimeter

Basic Digital Multimeter

The meter includes all functions and ranges needed for most introductory lab work.

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Source: Lab #13

Advanced Physics Through Inquiry 2

Capacitor Fundamentals