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Lecture 21 Physics 2102 Jonathan Dowling Alternating Current Circuits

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Alternating Current: To keep oscillations going we need to drive the circuit with an external emf that produces a current that goes back and forth. Notice that there are two frequencies involved: one at which the circuit would oscillate “naturally”. The other is the frequency at which we drive the oscillation. However, the “natural” oscillation usually dies off quickly (exponentially) with time. Therefore in the long run, circuits actually oscillate with the frequency at which they are driven. (All this is true for the gentleman trying to make the lady swing back and forth in the picture too).

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We have studied that a loop of wire, spinning in a constant magnetic field will have an induced emf that oscillates with time, That is, it is an AC generator. Alternating Current: AC’s are very easy to generate, they are also easy to amplify and decrease in voltage. This in turn makes them easy to send in distribution grids like the ones that power our homes. Because the interplay of AC and oscillating circuits can be quite complex, we will start by steps, studying how currents and voltages respond in various simple circuits to AC’s.

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AC Driven Circuits: 1) A Resistor: Resistors behave in AC very much as in DC, current and voltage are proportional (as functions of time in the case of AC), that is, they are “in phase”. For time dependent periodic situations it is useful to represent magnitudes using “phasors”. These are vectors that rotate at a frequency d, their magnitude is equal to the amplitude of the quantity in question and their projection on the vertical axis represents the instantaneous value of the quantity under study.

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AC Driven Circuits: 2) Capacitors: Capacitors “oppose a resistance” to AC (reactance) of frequency-dependent magnitude 1/ d C (this idea is true only for maximum amplitudes, the instantaneous story is more complex).

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AC Driven Circuits: 3) Inductors: Inductors “oppose a resistance” to AC (reactance) of frequency-dependent magnitude d L (this idea is true only for maximum amplitudes, the instantaneous story is more complex).

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All elements in parallel: ~ E m sin( d t) C R L ILIL IRIR ICIC V R, V C, V L Once again: V R is always in phase with I R ; V L leads I L by 90 0 I C leads V C by 90 0 “ELI the ICE man...” Impedance ( or reactance):

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Example: Circuit shown is driven by a low frequency (5 Hz) voltage source with an rms amplitude of 7.07 V. Compute the current amplitudes in the resistor, capacitor and inductor (I R, I C and I L, respectively). ~ 10 F 100 10mH E rms = 7.07 V f = 5 Hz Rms, peak and peak-to-peak: If E = E m sin( d t) Then the peak-to-peak emf is 2 E m ; The amplitude of the emf is E m (peak) The rms emf is E m / 2

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Example 2 (solution) ~ 10 F 100 10mH E rms = 7.07 V f = 5 Hz The three components are in parallel across the driving emf. Amplitude of voltage across the three components is the same. So, current amplitude for any given component is inversely proportional to X: I m = E m /X R = 100 I R V)/(100 ) = 0.1 A X C = 1/( C) = 1/(10 I C = (10V)/( )=3.14 mA X L = L = 10 I L = (10V)/(0. ) = A E m = 10 V rad/s

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Driven RLC Circuit Phase differences between voltage and current! Resistors: = 0 Capacitors: = – /2 (I leadsV) Inductors: = + /2 (V leads I)

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Series circuit: current is the same in all devices. “Taking a walk” we see that the emfs in the various devices should add up to that of the AC generator. But the emfs are out of phase with each other. How to add them up? Use phasors. Current in circuit: Emf in devices: Resulting emf: Driven RLC Circuit

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Applying Pythagoras’ theorem to the picture: Which resembles “i= E /R” Also for the phase: Driven RLC Circuit

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Summary E = E m sin( d t); I = I m sin( d t - ) (We have used X R =R, X C =1/ C, X L = L )

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Example In a given series RLC circuit: E m = 125 V I m = 3.2 A Current LEADS source emf by rad. Determine Z and R. Z = E m / I m = (125/3.2) 39.1 How to find R? Look at phasors! E m cos = V R = I m R R = E m cos /I m = (125V)(0.555)/(3.2A) = 21.7 VLVL VCVC V R =I m R E m =I m Z

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Example In a given series RLC circuit: V L = 2V R = 2V C. Determine . Hence, = 45 0 VLVL VCVC VRVR EmEm V L - V C VRVR EmEm

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