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AC Circuits & Phasors. We want to understand RLC circuits driven with a sinusoidal emf. First: engineers characterize the amplitude of a sinusoidal emf with the “root mean square” (rms) value.

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Ac circuits phasors

AC Circuits & Phasors


Ac circuits phasors

We want to understand RLC circuits driven with a sinusoidal emf.

First: engineers characterize the amplitude of a sinusoidal emf with the “root mean square” (rms) value.

(This is because the power dissipated in a resistor is I2R or V2/R… if we want to use an I or a V from a sine wave emf, we have to use the rms I or V. )


Ac circuits phasors

Which phasor shows a current that is positive and increasing?

Which phasor shows a current that is negative with an increasing magnitude (i.e. getting more negative?)


Ac circuits phasors

X = “reactance”; the effective combination of Xs in a circuit is called “impedance.”


Ac circuits phasors

At high frequencies, the reactance of what circuit element decreases?A] resistorB] capacitorC] inductorD] none decreaseE] all decrease

Low reactance is like low resistance… small voltage drop for a large current.


Ac circuits phasors

An AC voltage source drives a sinusoidal current through two resistors.

The amplitude of the sinusoidal voltage across the top resistor is 4 V.

The amplitude of the sinusoidal voltage across the bottom resistor is 3 V.

What is the amplitude of the sinusoidal voltage provided by the source?

A] 0 VD] 7 V

B] 1 VE] 12 V

C] 5 V


Ac circuits phasors

An AC voltage source drives a sinusoidal current through a resistor and an inductor in series.

The amplitude of the sinusoidal voltage across the top resistor is 4 V.

The amplitude of the sinusoidal voltage across the bottom inductor is 3 V.

What is the amplitude of the sinusoidal voltage provided by the source?

A] 0 VD] 7 V

B] 1 VE] 12 V

C] 5 V


Ac circuits phasors

Phasors

The x axis projection is the instantaneous value.

The length is the amplitude.

V=iX says the LENGTH of the voltage phasor is proportional to the LENGTH of the current phasor.

The proportionality constant is the reactance, X.


Ac circuits phasors

Circuit elements in series have the same current phasor.

The voltage phasors add (like vectors) to give the total voltage.

Circuit elements in parallel have the same voltage phasor.

The current phasors add (like vectors) to give the total current.


Ac circuits phasors

An AC voltage source drives a sinusoidal current through a capacitor and a resistor in series.

The amplitude of the sinusoidal voltage across the top capacitor is 4 V.

The amplitude of the sinusoidal voltage across the bottom resistor is 3 V.

What is the amplitude of the sinusoidal voltage provided by the source?

A] 0 VD] 7 V

B] 1 VE] 12 V

C] 5 V


Ac circuits phasors

An AC voltage source drives a sinusoidal current through a capacitor and an inductor in series.

The amplitude of the sinusoidal voltage across the top capacitor is 4 V.

The amplitude of the sinusoidal voltage across the bottom inductor is 3 V.

What is the amplitude of the sinusoidal voltage provided by the source?

A] 0 VD] 7 V

B] 1 VE] 12 V

C] 5 V


Ac circuits phasors

If we change frequency, we change the reactance X of the cap and the inductor.

If we increase the frequency:

Both X’s go up

XL goes up, but Xc goes down

Xc goes up, but XL goes down

Both X’s go down.

Recall V=iX


Ac circuits phasors

If we change frequency, we change the reactance X of the cap and the inductor.

If we increase the frequency:

Both X’s go up

XL goes up, but Xc goes down

Xc goes up, but XL goes down

Both X’s go down.

Recall V=iX… if we raise the frequency, we can make the amplitude of the voltage across the inductor = amplitude of the voltage across the cap.


Ac circuits phasors

At the special frequency where the the reactance of the inductor = reactance of the capacitor:

A] the current will be zero

B] the current will be infinite, for any finite applied voltage

Recall V=iX… if we raise the frequency, we can make the amplitude of the voltage across the inductor = amplitude of the voltage across the cap.


Ac circuits phasors

This is called resonance.

Real circuits must have a little resistance, so the current, though large, remains finite.

But at the resonance frequency, a very small driving voltage gives a very large current.

The directions of the voltage drop in the cap and in the inductor are opposite.

The directions of the current in the cap and the inductor are the same. (in series.)


Ac circuits phasors

Power in AC


Ac circuits phasors

Phi is the

phase angle

between current and voltage.


Electromagnetic discontinuities must propagate at a speed

Electromagnetic “Discontinuities” Must Propagate at a speed


Ac circuits phasors

Our wavefront

satisfies both “Gauss’s laws”

because there is no

enclosed charge or current, and fields on opposite sides of the box are the same.


Ac circuits phasors

There is a changing B flux as the wavefront moves by. This changing flux must be equal to the line integral of the E field. Only the back edge (gh) contributes to this line integral.


Ac circuits phasors

There is a changing E flux also. This gives another reqd relation between E and B.


Ac circuits phasors

Accelerating Charges Radiatehttp://www.its.caltech.edu/~phys1/java/phys1/MovingCharge/MovingCharge.html#


Accelerating charges radiate

Accelerating Charges Radiate


Ac circuits phasors

Coulomb’s law can’t describe the “kinked” E field. We got it from connecting field lines (Gauss’ law!) + geometry. So, while Gauss “derived” his law from Coulomb, Gauss’ Law is better.It’s always true, while Coulomb’s law is only true for unaccelerated charges.


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