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Let C be the capacitance of a capacitor discharging through a resistor R . Suppose t_{1} is the time taken for the energy stored in the capacitor to reduce to half its initial value and t_{2} is the time taken for the charge to reduce to one-fourth its initial value. Then the ratio t_{1} / t_{2} will be

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As we learnt in 

Self Inductance -

An emf is induced in the coil or the circuit which oppose the change that causes it. Which is also known back  emf.

- wherein


 Charge stored at capacitor during discharge is

q=q_{0}. e^{-\frac{t}{RC}}

Energy stored at any time =\frac{q^{2}}{2C}


at t=t_1,\:E=\frac{E_o}{2}=\frac{1}{2}.(\frac{qo^{2}}{2c})\:\frac{1}{2}(\frac{qo^{2}}{2c})=\frac{qo^{2}}{2c}.\:e^{-2t/RC}

taking log. \frac{2t_{1}}{RC}=log_{e}{2}


at\ \, t=t_{2},\:q=\frac{qo}{4}=q_{o}.e^{-}\frac{t_{2}}{RC}


\therefore \frac{t_{1}}{t_{2}}=\frac{1}{4}


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