Students learn how energy is stored in a capacitor and how to calculate said energy.
Explains why the handle of a generator/motor turns in same direction upon the release of energy from the capacitor.
Demonstrates and explains how energy is stored in a capacitor.
Calculate the potential energy stored in a capacitor given its capacitance and voltage.
A list of student-submitted discussion questions for Capacitor Energy.
The big project is the construction of a Leyden jar; you can build these any size you want, and the larger the bigger the spark! Obviously, dealing with a large charged leyden jar should only be attempted with a full understanding of electricity and experience. But on a small scale like we have created you are fine!
Explore the role of capacitors in circuits within a camera's flash.