Discharging a Capacitor

Ray Tuck
  • The simulation shows a capacitor being discharged through a resistor.
  • The left hand meter shows the voltage across the resistor. The right hand meter shows the voltage between the plates of the capacitor.
  • The capacitor is initially charged. Start the simulation and after a short period the switch will close and the capacitor will start to discharge. The simulation keeps repeating.
  • The red arrow shows the current flow in the circuit, The green arrows show the electric field between the plates.