 # Alternating-Current Circuits

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Alternating-Current Circuits
Chapter 33 Alternating-Current Circuits

AC Sources Voltage varies with time
Period (T)—time it takes to cycle once Units of seconds Frequency (f)—number of complete cycles per second Units of Hz, 1/s Angular frequency ()—rate at which the generator producing the voltage is spinning Units of rad/s

RMS Voltage Average value of voltage over one cycle is zero
Voltage and current are described by the root-mean-square (RMS) value Square the function Take the average value Take the square root

Inductors in AC circuits
Current is constantly changing in an AC circuit Inductors fight a change in current The higher the frequency, the faster the current changes, and the more the inductor fights back Inductive reactance (XL)—effective resistance of an inductor Units of Ohms () Dependent on the frequency of the signal For a simple L circuit

Capacitors in AC Circuits
Capacitors do not represent a true break in an AC circuit Since current changes direction, capacitors do not stop the flow Capacitors will resist more as they charge up, the longer the current stays in one direction Capacitive Reactance (XC)—effective resistance of the capacitor Units of Ohms Inversely proportional to frequency of current For a simple C circuit

RLC Circuits When a resistor, inductor, and capacitor are hooked in series, total resistance to current flow is called impedance (Z)

RLC Circuits Voltage and current do not reach max values at the same time due to the capacitor and inductor Sine curves are out of phase by an angle (), called the phase angle When  is negative, voltage trails the current When  is positive, voltage leads the current When  is 0, they are in phase, and current is at its maximum possible value for that voltage Frequency at which this occurs is called the resonant frequency

Phase relationships Purely resistive circuits
 = 0 Purely capacitive circuits  = -90 Purely inductive circuits  = 90 RC Circuits  = negative, between -90 and 0 RL Circuits  = positive, between 0 and 90 RLC Circuits  = negative if XC>XL  = positive if XC<XL  = zero if XC = XL