# High School Physics : Calculating Total Capacitance

## Example Questions

### Example Question #1 : Calculating Total Capacitance

Three capacitors are in series. They have capacitances of , and , respectively. What is their total capacitance?

Explanation:

For capacitors in series the formula for total capacitance is:

Note that this formula is similar to the formula for total resistance in parallel. Using the values for each individual capacitor, we can solve for the total capacitance.

### Example Question #34 : Electric Circuits

Three capacitors are in parallel. They have capacitance values of , and . What is their total capacitance?

Explanation:

For capacitors in parallel the formula for total capacitance is:

Note that this formula is similar to the formula for total resistance in series. Using the values for each individual capacitor, we can solve for the total capacitance.

### Example Question #35 : Electric Circuits

Three capacitors, each with a capacity of  are arranged in parallel. What is the total capacitance of this circuit?

Explanation:

The formula for capacitors in parallel is:

Our three capacitors all have equal capacitance values. We can simply add them together to find the total capacitance.

### Example Question #36 : Electric Circuits

What is the total capacitance of a series circuit with capacitors of , and ?

Explanation:

The total capacitance of a series circuit is

Plug in our given values.

### Example Question #37 : Electric Circuits

Calculate the total capacitance of a circuit with the following three capacitors in parallel.

Explanation:

To calculate the total capacitance for capacitors in parallel, simply sum the value of each individual capacitor.

### Example Question #2 : Calculating Total Capacitance

Calculate the total capacitance of a circuit with the following three capacitors in series.