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Is there an error in the EK Physics book on page 126? It says that for capacitors, U = (1/2)QV. ???
 
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On page 118, it says the potential energy for a charge in an electric field is U = qEd. And we know that V = Ed. So shouldn't U = qV?
 

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On page 118, it says the potential energy for a charge in an electric field is U = qEd. And we know that V = Ed. So shouldn't U = qV?
I think you are getting confused between q and Q. q refers to just a point charge and the potential energy equation on page 118 applies to point charges only. On the other hand, Q is total charge on either plate of the parallel plate capacitor.
 
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