University Physics with Modern Physics (14th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321973615
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Chapter 24 - Capacitance and Dielectrics - Problems - Discussion Questions - Page 808: Q24.4


It is better to have the plates close together.

Work Step by Step

The energy stored is $\frac{1}{2}CV^2$, so for a given potential difference $V$, to maximize the energy stored, one should maximize the capacitance. This is accomplished by moving the plates closer together.
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