I experimented with charging a capacitor (in my case, 100 microfarad) from by power supply (to 10V) and connecting it parallel to another cap of the same capacitance, with the matching polarities together.
I read this derivation on what should happen:
I understand that half of the energy in the first, charged capacitor is lost. The voltage across both capacitors should now be half of the original voltage applied across the charged capacitor.
However, this is not what my oscilloscope shows! If I charge the first capacitor to 10V, and connect them, I see around 2 volts across. If I charge the first cap to 8V, I see around 1 volt across the two capacitors! Below is a picture of my setup, can anybody tell what is it that I'm doing wrong or what is happening here? Why am I not seeing half of the original applied voltage across the parallel capacitors?
To clarify, I first took the left capacitor to the left of the breadboard, connected the voltage from my supply across it, and then moved it parallel to the right capacitor. I've checked everything I can think of, all the connections are correct.. And I was careful moving the capacitors, I did not short the leads with my fingers or anything similar.