Posted by Dan on .
In the circuit below, at time t = 0, the switch is closed, causing the capacitors to charge. The voltage across the battery is 12 V
The circuit:
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A)Calculate the time constant for the RC circuit
B)Calculate the time required for the voltage across the capacitor to reach 6 V
C)What will be the net charge stored in the capacitor after 10 nanoseconds?
What I did:
A) Time constant= [(C1+C2)*(R1R2)]/(R1+R2)
= [(3uF+6uF)*(4kohm*2kohm)]/(4kohm+2kohm)
= 12 ms= 12 sec?
TC= time constant
B) q= q0[1e^(t/TC)]
t= 8.316 sec?
C) I don't know what to do and can't find an equation that I think would work

physics 
Dan,
I meant 0.012 sec for part A

physics 
Elena,
(a) 1/R=1/R1+1/R2=
=1/4+1/2=3/4 =>
R=4/3 Ohm.
C=C1+C2 =3+6=9 μF
τ=RC=(4/3)•9•10^6=1.2^10^5 s.
(b)
V(C)=V(o) •e^( t/RC)=>
V(C)/V(o)= e^( t/RC)=>
6/12=1/2 = e^( t/RC)=>
ln(1/2)= t/1.2^10^5,
t=8.32•10^6 s.
Q(max) = C•U=
=9•10^6•12=108•10^6 Coulombs=
=108μC
(a) 1/R=1/R1+1/R2=
=1/4+1/2=3/4 =>
R=4/3 Ohm.
C=C1+C2 =3+6=9 μF
τ=RC=(4/3)•9•10^6=1.2^10^5 s.
(b)
V(C)=V(o) •e^( t/RC)=>
V(C)/V(o)= e^( t/RC)=>
6/12=1/2 = e^( t/RC)=>
ln(1/2)= t/1.2^10^5,
t=8.32•10^6 s.
Q(max) = C•U=
=9•10^6•12=108•10^6 Coulombs=
=108μC
(a) 1/R=1/R1+1/R2=
=1/4+1/2=3/4 =>
R=4/3 Ohm.
C=C1+C2 =3+6=9 μF
τ=RC=(4/3)•9•10^6=1.2^10^5 s.
(b)
V(C)=V(o) •e^( t/RC)=>
V(C)/V(o)= e^( t/RC)=>
6/12=1/2 = e^( t/RC)=>
ln(1/2)= t/1.2^10^5,
t=8.32•10^6 s.
Q(max) = C•U=
=9•10^6•12=108•10^6 Coulombs=
=108μC
http://hyperphysics.phyastr.gsu.edu/hbase/electric/capdis.html 
physics 
Dan,
I plugged the #'s into that site you supplied, but I still get my answer of 0.012 seconds, not the 1.2E5 seconds you put?

physics 
Elena,
τ=RC=(4/3)•9•10^6=
=1.333•9•10^6=0.000012=
=1.2^10^5 s.