AP PHYSICS
posted by Becky on .
A 3.0uF capacitor and a 4.0uF capacitor are connected in series across a 40.0V battery. A 10.0uF capacitor is also connected directly across the battery terminals. Find the total charge that the battery delivers to the capacitors.
I NEED HELP WITH THIS PROBLEM. THANKS!

If I understand the circuit, the 3.0 and 4.0 uF capacitors are connected in series with a 10.0 uF capacitor connected in parallel and all of this across a 40 v cell. First determine the capacitance of the series 3.0 and 4.0.
1/C = 1/3.0 + 1/4.0 = 1.7 uF.
Then add in the parallel 10.0 to make a total of 11.7 uF.
Q = Coulombs of stored electricity = CV where C is capacitance (in F) and V is voltage. Check my thinking. 
For the 10 uF capacitor,
Q' = C' V = (10*10^6)*40 = 400 uC
For the series 4 uF and 3 uF capacitors, which both acquire the same charge Q",
10 V = Q"/4*10^6 + Q"/3*10^6
= Q"/1.714*10^6
The two series capacitors act like a single 1.714 uF capacitor
Q" = 17.14 uC is the charge on both the 3 uF and 4 uF capacitors 
I forgot to use 40 V for the series capacitors. Their charge is 4 times higher than what I stated. Also, the battery only has to deliver a charge of Q", not the sum of the charges on the two series capacitors, which would be 2Q"
DrBob222 already provided a correct answer by computing an effective C for all three capacitors in seriesparallel