This section introduces the basic properties of capacitors and how they are used in electrical circuits. The use of capacitors as a source of electrical energy is then developed. This section introduces the mathematics of exponential decay, which is also required for the decay of radioactive nuclei (in the next section).

The lesson-by-lesson schedule is as follows:

  • Capacitance
  • Capacitors in Series and Parallel
  • Circuits with Capacitors
  • Energy Stored in a Capacitor
  • Charging Capacitors
  • Discharging Capacitors
  • Charging and Discharging Capacitors
  • Graphical and Spreadsheet Methods for Modelling Capacitors
  • Revisiting Uniform Electric Fields, Electric Potential and Energy
  • Factors Affecting Capacitance
  • Review and Test Materials