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 Be the first pioneers to continue the Astronomy Discussions at our new Astronomy meeting place...The Space and Astronomy Agora Ray-Here Is Your Original Statement Forum List | Follow Ups | Post Message | Back to Thread Topics | In Response ToPosted by Richard Ruquist on November 14, 2002 15:35:17 UTC

If we charge several capacitors in parallel through serial resistors, such that each following capacitor charges at a rate determined by the charge level on the previous one, we'll find that the first capacitor charges on a 1st Order curve, and each succeeding one on a 2nd Order curve, with the succeeding curves becoming progressively more "S" shaped. There is a LAG in the transfer from capacitor to capacitor. [unquote]

Interesting that your circuit has capacitors in parallel but resistors in series. Can you explain how you make such a circuit? I am unable to imagine what you mean. Do you mean that each capacitor is tied to its neighbors by a resisTor?

If the capacitors are in parallel, then the charge on each capacitor is independent of what happens to any other, depending only on the value of its capacitance.

Likewise, if the capacitors and resistors are all in series, and you suddenly apply a voltage across the lot, the current is the same in each capacitor and how fast it charges depends only on its capacitance, not on the other capacitors.