Capacitance Experiment

Product Code: EX-5533


This lab explores the effect of varying plate distances and insulating dielectric materials in a variable flat plate capacitor.

The electrometer used in this experiment allows you to measure the voltage across the capacitor plates, without discharging the capacitor, since it has an internal resistance of 1014 ohms.

Concepts Covered:

  • Capacitance
  • Parallel Plate Capacitor
  • Factors Affecting Capacitance


Capacitance Experiment

Software Required

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Interface Required

This product requires a PASCO Interface to connect to your computer or device. We recommend the following option(s). For a breakdown of features, capabilities, and additional options, see our Interface Comparison Guide »

Support Documents

Basic Electrometer Manual

Basic Variable Capacitor Manual

Manual Downloads

Product Manuals for the Included Products

Basic Variable Capacitor Manual ES-9079
(63 KB – .pdf – English)
Basic Electrometer Manual (ES-9078A)
(379 KB – .pdf – English)
Experiment File
(11.2 MB – .zip – English)