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Two Capacitors in Parallel: Effect on Charge

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A battery is used to completely charge a capacitor in a simple circuit.

If a second capacitor is added to the circuit, in parallel with the first capacitor, what is the effect on the overall capacitance of the circuit and on the charge stored by the circuit?

A

Capacitance increases, charge increases.

B

Capacitance increases, charge decreases.

C

Capacitance decreases, charge decreases.

D

Capacitance decreases, charge increases.