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Plates Separated - No Battery

APPH12-FC4E5Z

A parallel-plate capacitor is connected to a battery, which charges the plates to a certain potential difference and stores a certain amount of charge on the capacitor's plates.

What happens to the charge stored on the plates if the battery is disconnected and then the plates are pulled farther apart?

A

increases

B

decreases

C

remains unchanged

D

cannot be answered with the given information