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Inductance and AC Circuits. Mutual Inductance Self-Inductance Energy Stored in a Magnetic Field LR Circuits LC Circuits and Electromagnetic Oscillations LC Circuits with Resistance ( LRC Circuits) AC Circuits with AC Source. LRC Series AC Circuit Resonance in AC Circuits

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Inductance and ac circuits

Inductance and AC Circuits

Inductance and ac circuits

  • Mutual Inductance

  • Self-Inductance

  • Energy Stored in a Magnetic Field

  • LR Circuits

  • LC Circuits and Electromagnetic Oscillations

  • LC Circuits with Resistance (LRC Circuits)

  • AC Circuits with AC Source

Inductance and ac circuits

  • LRC Series AC Circuit

  • Resonance in AC Circuits

  • Impedance Matching

  • Three-Phase AC


Induced emf in one circuit due to changes in the magnetic fieldproduced by the second circuit is called mutual induction.

Induced emf in one circuit associated with changes in its own magnetic fieldis called self-induction.




Unit of inductance: the henry, H:

1 H = 1 V·s/A = 1 Ω·s.

Mutual inductance

Mutual Inductance

Mutual inductance: magnetic flux through coil2 due to current in coil 1

Induced emf due to mutual induction:

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Mutual Inductance

Solenoid and coil.

A long thin solenoid of length l and cross-sectional area A contains N1 closely packed turns of wire. Wrapped around it is an insulated coil of N2 turns. Assume all the flux from coil 1 (the solenoid) passes through coil 2, and calculate the mutual inductance.

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Mutual Inductance

Reversing the coils.

How would the previous example change if the coil with turns was inside the solenoid rather than outside the solenoid?

Self inductance


Self-inductance: magnetic flux through the coil due to the current in the coil itself:

A changing current in a coil will also induce an emf in itself:

Self inductance1


Solenoid inductance.

(a) Determine a formula for the self-inductance L of a tightly wrapped and long solenoid containing N turns of wire in its length l and whose cross-sectional area is A.

(b) Calculate the value of L if N = 100, l = 5.0 cm, A = 0.30 cm2, and the solenoid is air filled.

Self inductance2


Direction of emf in inductor.

Current passes through a coil from left to right as shown. (a) If the current is increasing with time, in which direction is the induced emf? (b) If the current is decreasing in time, what then is the direction of the induced emf?

Self inductance3


Coaxial cable inductance.

Determine the inductance per unit length of a coaxial cable whose inner conductor has a radius r1 and the outer conductor has a radius r2. Assume the conductors are thin hollow tubes so there is no magnetic field within the inner conductor, and the magnetic field inside both thin conductors can be ignored. The conductors carry equal currents I in opposite directions.

Lr circuits

LR Circuits

A circuit consisting of an inductor and a resistor will begin with most of the voltage drop across the inductor, as the current is changing rapidly. With time, the current will increase less and less, until all the voltage is across the resistor.

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LR Circuits

Lr circuits2

LR Circuits

Lr circuits3

LR Circuits

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LR Circuits


If the circuit is then shorted across the battery, the current will gradually decay away:

Lr circuits5

LR Circuits

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LR Circuits

An LR circuit.

At t = 0, a 12.0-V battery is connected in series with a 220-mH inductor and a total of 30-Ω resistance, as shown. (a) What is the current at t = 0? (b) What is the time constant? (c) What is the maximum current? (d) How long will it take the current to reach half its maximum possible value? (e) At this instant, at what rate is energy being delivered by the battery, and (f) at what rate is energy being stored in the inductor’s magnetic field?

Energy density of a magnetic field

Energy Density of a Magnetic Field

Just as we saw that energy can be stored in an electric field, energy can be stored in a magnetic field as well, in an inductor, for example.

Analysis shows that the energy density of the field is given by

Energy stored in an inductor

Energy Stored in an Inductor

The equation governs the LR circuit is

Multiplying each term by the current i leads to

Energy stored in an inductor1

Energy Stored in an Inductor

Therefore, the third term represents the rate at which the energy is stored in the inductor

The total energy stored from i=0 to i=I is

Energy density of a magnetic field1

Energy Density of a Magnetic Field

The self-inductance of a solenoid is L=μ0nA2l. The magnetic field inside it is B=μ0nI. The energy stored thus is

Since Al is the volume of the solenoid, the energy per volume is

This is the energy density of a magnetic field in free space.

Lc circuits and electromagnetic oscillations

LC Circuits and Electromagnetic Oscillations

An LC circuit is a charged capacitor shorted through an inductor.

Electromagnetic oscillations

Electromagnetic Oscillations

Lc circuits

LC Circuits

Across the capacitor, the voltage is raised by Q/C. As the current passes through the inductor, the induced emf is –L(dI/dt). The Kirchhof’s loop rule gives

The current causes the charge in the capacitor to decreases so I=-dQ/dt. Thus the differential equation becomes

Lc circuits and electromagnetic oscillations1

LC Circuits and Electromagnetic Oscillations

The equation describing LC circuits has the same form as the SHO equation:

The charge therefore oscillates with a natural angular frequency


Electromagnetic oscillations1

Electromagnetic Oscillations

The charge varies as

The current is sinusoidal as well:

Remark: When Q=Q0 at t=t0, we have φ=0.

Lc circuits and electromagnetic oscillations2

LC Circuits and Electromagnetic Oscillations

The charge and current are both sinusoidal, but with different phases.

Lc circuits and electromagnetic oscillations3

LC Circuits and Electromagnetic Oscillations

The total energy in the circuit is constant; it oscillates between the capacitor and the inductor:

Lc circuits and electromagnetic oscillations4

LC Circuits and Electromagnetic Oscillations

LC circuit.

A 1200-pF capacitor is fully charged by a 500-V dc power supply. It is disconnected from the power supply and is connected, at t = 0, to a 75-mH inductor. Determine: (a) the initial charge on the capacitor; (b) the maximum current; (c) the frequency f and period T of oscillation; and (d) the total energy oscillating in the system.

Lrc circuits

LRC Circuits

Any real (nonsuperconducting) circuit will have resistance.

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LRC Circuits

Adding a resistor in an LC circuit is equivalent to adding –IR in the equation of LC oscillation

Initially Q=Q0, and the switch is closed at t=0, the current is I=-dQ/dt. The differential equation becomes

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LRC Circuits

The equation describing LRC circuits now has the same form as the equation for the damped oscillation:

The solution to LRC circuits therefore is

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LRC Circuits

The damped angular frequency is

where ω02=1/LC.

The system will be underdamped for R2 < 4L/C, and overdamped for R2 > 4L/C. Critical damping will occur when R2 = 4L/C.

Lrc circuits4

LRC Circuits

This figure shows the three cases of underdamping, overdamping, and critical damping.

Lrc circuits5

LRC Circuits

Damped oscillations.

At t = 0, a 40-mH inductor is placed in series with a resistance R = 3.0 Ω and a charged capacitor C = 4.8 μF. (a) Show that this circuit will oscillate. (b) Determine the frequency. (c) What is the time required for the charge amplitude to drop to half its starting value? (d) What value of R will make the circuit nonoscillating?

Summary of chapter 30

Summary of Chapter 30

  • Mutual inductance:

  • Self-inductance:

  • Energy density stored in magnetic field:

Summary of chapter 301

Summary of Chapter 30



  • LR circuit:

  • Inductive reactance:

  • Capacitive reactance:

Summary of chapter 302

Summary of Chapter 30


  • LRC series circuit:

  • Resonance in LRC series circuit:

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