Electrical – charging capacitors in series discharging in parallel

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If you charge two capacitors \$C_1, C_2\$in series with some voltage \$V_0\$ and then discharge them in parallel to find an output voltage \$V_1\$, how would you do so? Right now I know the total charge on the capacitors is \$Q = C_1C_2/(C_1 + C_2) V_0\$ but I'm not sure how to relate the total charge to an output voltage if they are discharging in parallel.

Best Answer

Here's a hint: The charge on each capacitor is the same as the total charge. Therefore, the voltage divides in inverse proportion to their individual capacitance values.