# What determines the capacitance of a capacitor?

Mar 30, 2018

The primary two factors are the area of the plates of the capacitor and the distance between the plates

#### Explanation:

Other factors include the properties of the material between the plates, known as the dielectric, and whether the capacitor is in a vacuum or air or some other substance.

The capacitor equation is $C = \setminus \kappa \cdot \setminus {\epsilon}_{0} \cdot \frac{A}{d}$

Where C = capacitance

$\setminus \kappa$ = dielectric constant, based on the material used

$\setminus {\epsilon}_{0}$ = permittivity constant

A = area

d = distance between the plates