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College Physics (Urone)
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Short Answer

How does the energy contained in a charged capacitor change when a dielectric is inserted, assuming the capacitor is isolated and its charge is constant? Does this imply that work was done?

Energy is increased by the insertion of dielectric.

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Step by Step Solution

Step 1: Definition of Dielectric

A dielectric material is a substance that conducts electricity poorly but efficiently supports electrostatic fields.

Step 2: Determining the energy in capacitor

Yes, when a Dielectric is introduced, the energy stored in the capacitor increases because the capacitance increases and energy is proportional to the capacitance. The dielectric decreases the net electric field between the plates due to palarization, thus resulting in lesser voltage. As the charge is constant, the capacitance will be inversely proportional to voltage. Thus, it will increase.

Therefore, dielectric increases energy by increasing capacitance.

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