Series and Parallel Capacitors

In this lab, students will learn about capacitors, devices that store energy as electrostatic charge. They are common circuit components that have numerous applications both in series and parallel arrangements. Students will start by calculating capacitance in various configurations. Then, students will have the chance to build circuits and observe capacitors in action with the NI ELVIS III. Finally, students will test their knowledge by calculating the capacitance of a more advanced configuration.

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This is lab 6 of 10 in the course, Introduction to Circuits.


After completing this lab, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the behavior of capacitors in series and parallel circuit configurations.
  2. Predict and calculate the capacitance of a given configuration of capacitors.
  3. Measure the capacitance of a configuration of capacitors.


  • Basic proficiency using Multisim Live
  • Basic proficiency using ELVIS III Instruments
  • Basic knowledge of breadboarding
  • Basic knowledge of components and their behaviors


Engineering laboratory solution for project-based learning that combines instrumentation and embedded design with a web-driven experience, delivering a greater understanding of engineering fundamentals and system design.

TI Analog Parts Kit for NI ELVIS III

A set of components for circuits and electronics education provided by Texas Instruments which includes all components and building blocks of any introductory electronics laboratories.

Multisim Live

Multisim Live is an online, touch-optimized component of Multisim, so students can design and simulate their circuits anywhere, anytime, on any device.

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