# Is the total parallel capacitance less than that of the smallest capacitor in parallel?

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May 15, 2014

No. This statement is true for **RESISTORS** connected in **parallel**, and for **capacitors** connected in **SERIES**, but not for capacitors connected in parallel. For capacitors connected in parallel, the total capacitance (also known as the equivalent capacitance) is just the sum of the individual capacitances:

It is important to not confuse the equations for adding *resistors* in series and parallel, with adding *capacitors* in series and parallel. The equations are reversed.

For capacitors connected in **parallel**, it is like having a capacitor with a larger plate area, which allows it to hold more charge when connected to a certain voltage, which means that the total capacitance is **larger**.