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3 gives examples of the relative permittivity of some materials. 3 that water has a very high relative permittivity of 81 because, as noted in Chapter 2, it is markedly polar. This allows a simple demonstration of the effect of an electric charge on the flow of charges, something that occurs in a number of electrical devices such as oscilloscopes or electron microscopes. If a thin stream of water is allowed to run from a tap and the plastic barrel of a ballpoint pen which has been rubbed with a piece of nylon is brought close to it, the stream will be seen to change direction.
It is, in fact, the electrical equivalent of a common experience and is only less familiar because the movement of charges is an invisible process. When a water tap is turned on, a flow of water results driven by the head of pressure, often due to the height of water contained in a tank in the roof. If the tap is turned off partly. the Electricity flow is reduced to a trickle because of increased resistance to the flow in the tap. Sometimes such a system is driven by a pump instead of the force of gravity.
The area of the opposing plates. e. the thickness of the dielectric. The capacitors for use in electrical devices are made to maximize their capacitance in a conveniently small size. For example, a typical capacitor might be made of two thin sheets of aluminium foil separated by a flexible dielectric such as waxed paper and rolled into a cylinder to give a convenient shape (Fig. 11a). Commercially made capacitors can be of 52 Physical Principles Explained l many kinds, often described by the material of the dielectric, such as mica capacitors, polyester capacitors and ceramic capacitors.