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The effective capacitance between points X and Y shown in figure. Assuming C subscript 2 end subscript equals 10 blank muF and that outer capacitors are all 4 blank muF is

  1. 1 blank muF    
  2. 3 blank muF    
  3. 4 blank muF    
  4. 5 blank muF    

The correct answer is: 4 blank muF


    The arrangement shows a Wheatstone bridge.
    As fraction numerator C subscript 1 end subscript over denominator C subscript 3 end subscript end fraction equals fraction numerator C subscript 4 end subscript over denominator C subscript 5 end subscript end fraction equals 1 comma blanktherefore the bridge is balanced.
    fraction numerator 1 over denominator C subscript s subscript 1 end subscript end subscript end fraction equals fraction numerator 1 over denominator 4 end fraction plus fraction numerator 1 over denominator 4 end fraction equals fraction numerator 2 over denominator 4 end fraction equals fraction numerator 1 over denominator 2 end fraction comma C subscript s subscript 1 end subscript end subscript equals 2 mu blank F
    Similarly, C subscript s end subscript subscript 2 end subscript equals 2 mu blank F
    therefore effective capacitance
    equals C subscript p end subscript equals C subscript s end subscript subscript 1 end subscript plus C subscript s end subscript subscript 2 end subscript equals 2 plus 2 plus equals 4 mu blank F

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