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NEET Important Chapter - Alternating Current

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Alternating Current: An Important Concept for NEET

Alternating Current: An Important Concept for NEET


Last updated date: 17th Apr 2024
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The chapter of Alternating Current starts with the basic revision of all the concepts we have studied in our lower grades and helps to build a connection between the advanced parts of Alternating Current. In the following chapter, we have discussed alternating and direct current, average and rms value of alternating current, resistance offered by various elements (inductor, resistor and capacitor) to a.c , impedances and phases of ac circuits containing different elements, etc.


While deriving the formulae and equations for resistance offered by various elements (inductor, resistor and capacitor) to a.c., L.C Oscillations, we will also study about transformers and the power losses in a transformer with examples in the chapter Alternating Current.


In this chapter, students will also get to learn about the Power in AC Circuit and Resonance, where we will study about the sharpness of resonance  along with other major topics.


Now, let us move on to the important concepts and formulae related to NEET  exams along with a few solved examples.


Important Topics of Alternating Current

  • Alternating Current

  • Impedance

  • Average and RMS value of AC

  • Admittance

  • Reactance 

  • Resonance

  • Power Factor

  • L. C. Oscillations

  • Transformer


Important Concepts of Alternating Current


Sl.No

Name of the Concept

Key Points of the Concept

1.

Alternating Current and Direct Current

  • If a current periodically changes its direction and  magnitude then it is termed as alternating current. The change can be seen as it first increases from zero to a maximum value, then decreases to zero and reverses in direction, increases to a maximum in this direction and then decreases to zero.



  • On the other hand, direct current is that which can change the magnitude but never changes its direction.

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2.

Average and RMS value of current

  • The average value for an AC cycle is zero because of equal positive and negative cycles.

  • The rms value of AC is defined as the direct current producing the same heating effect in a given resistor in a given time as is produced by the given A.C. through the same resistor for the same time period.

  • $I_{rms} = \dfrac{I_{0}}{\sqrt{2}}$

3.

AC Circuit Containing Resistance Only

  • For a pure resistive circuit where only the resistor is connected in the circuit with some alternating voltage source $E = E_{m}\sin(wt)$ and current $i= i_{m}\sin(wt)$



  • Current and voltage here are in phase.

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  • Impedance of the circuit here is the resistance only.

4.

AC Circuit Containing Inductor Only

  • For a pure inductive circuit where only the inductor L is connected in the circuit with some alternating voltage source $v = v_{m}\sin(wt)$,

the current flowing through the inductor circuit is 

$i = i_{m}\sin(wt - \dfrac{\pi}{2})$



  • Current in this circuit lags behind the applied voltage source by phase difference of $\dfrac{\pi}{2}$




  • Impedance of the circuit is called inductive reactance = wL

5.

AC Circuit Containing Capacitor Only

  • For a pure capacitive circuit where only the capacitor C is connected in the circuit with some alternating voltage source $v = v_{m}\sin(wt)$,

the current flowing through the capacitor circuit is 

$i = i_{m}\sin(wt + \dfrac{\pi}{2})$



  • Current in this circuit leads the applied voltage source by phase difference of $\dfrac{\pi}{2}$



  • Impedance of the circuit is called capacitive reactance = 1/wC

6.

AC Circuit Containing Resistor, Inductor and Capacitor in series

  • For a series circuit where resistor, inductor and capacitor are connected in series in the circuit with some alternating voltage source $v = v_{m}\sin(wt)$

the current flowing through the series circuit is 

$i = i_{m}\sin(wt +\phi)$



  • Here the impedance of the circuit is 

$Z = \sqrt{R^{2} + (X_{L}- X_{C})^{2}}$

  •  And Phase = $\tan\phi = \dfrac{X_{L} - X_{C}}{R}$

7.

Resonance 

  • Resonance is one of the main characteristics of an LCR circuit which means that if a particular frequency matches with the natural frequency of the system then that condition is called resonance.

  • $w_{o}$ =$\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{LC}}$ this $w_{o} $ is called resonant frequency.

8.

Power in AC Circuit

  • In AC circuit, power for one cycle is defined as the rate of doing work hence if

  • $v = v_{m}\sin(wt)$

  • Current $i$=$i_{m}\sin(wt +\phi)$

  • Then power = $P = v\times i$ 

9.

Transformer

  • A device which is used for converting either high voltage to low voltage or vice versa is called a transformer.

  • A transformer is classified into two categories:

  • Step-up Transformer

  • Step-down Transformer


List of Important Formulae


Sl. No

Name of the Concept

Formula

1.

Rms value of current

$I_{rms} = \dfrac{I_{0}}{\sqrt{2}}$

2.

Inductive Reactance

$X_{L} = {\omega L}$

3.

Capacitive Reactance

$X_{C} = \dfrac{1}{\omega C}$

4.

Impedance of LCR Circuit

$Z = \sqrt{R^{2} + (X_{L}- X_{C})^{2}}$

5.

Resonance 

$w_{o} =\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{LC}}$ this $w_{o} $ is called Resonant frequency.

At resonance, Z is minimum and current is maximum i.e.

$I_{max} =\dfrac{V}{Z_{min}}$

6.

Power in AC Circuit

Power = $P = v\times i$ 

7.

Efficiency of Transformer

$\dfrac{E_{S}\times I_{S}}{E_{P}\times I_{P}}$

Here $E_{S}$, $I_{S}$ are the output voltage and current of secondary coil and 

$E_{P}$, $I_{P}$ are the input voltage and current of the primary coil.


Solved Examples of Alternating Current

1. The current in an inductive circuit is given by 0.3 sin (200t – 40°) A. Write the equation for the voltage across it if the inductance is 40 mH.

Sol:

Given, i = 0.3 sin (200t – 40°) A, L = 40mH  =$40 \times 10^{-3} H $

$X_{L}$ = ${\omega L}$ = $200\times 400 \times 10^{-3}$ = 8Ω

$V_{m}$ = $I_{m}\times X_{L}$ = $ 0.3 \times 8$ =2.4V

In an inductive circuit, the voltage leads the current by 90^{\circ}.

 Therefore,

V = $V_{m}sin(\omega\times t + 90^{\circ})$

V = $2.4 sin(200t - 40 ^{\circ} + 90^{\circ})$

V = $2.4 sin(200t + 50^{\circ})$.

Key point: The ques here focuses mainly on the phase difference between current and voltage in an inductive circuit.


2. The output of a step-down transformer is measured to be 24 V when connected to a 12 W light bulb. The value of the peak current is

  1. $\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{2}}$

  2. $\sqrt{2}A$

  3. $2A$

  4. $2 \sqrt{2}A$

Sol:

Given: 

Output of Secondary Voltage = $V_{s}$ = 24V

Power associated with Secondary $P_{s}$ = 12W

$I_{s}$ = $\dfrac{P_{s}}{V_{s}}$ = $\dfrac{12}{24}$ = 0.5A

Amplitude of the current in the secondary winding:

$ I_{\circ}$ = $I_{\circ}$ = $I_{s}\sqrt{2}$

= 0.5(1.414) = 0.707 = $\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{2}}$A.

Hence, Option (a) is Correct.

Key Point: Here, in the case of a step-down transformer, the output voltage decreases and the output current increases.


Previous Year Questions of Alternating Current

1. An inductor 20 mH, a capacitor 50μF and a resistor 40Ω are connected in series across a source of emf  V=10 sin 340t. The power loss in A.C. circuit is (NEET - 2016)

  1. 0.51 W            

  2. 0.67 W

  3. 0.76 W            

  4. 0.89 W

Sol:

Given: 

V=10 sin 340t = $V_{rms} = \dfrac{10}{\sqrt{2}}$

L = 20mH = $20 \times 10^{-3} H $

C = 50μF = $50 \times 10^{-6} F $

R = 40Ω and V=10 sin 340t

$X_{C}$ =$\dfrac{1}{\omega C}$ = $X_{C}$ = $\dfrac{1}{340\times 50 \times 10^{-6}}$ = 58.8Ω

$X_{L} = {\omega L}$ =  ${340\times 20 \times 10^{-3} }$ = 6.8Ω

$Z = \sqrt{R^{2} + (X_{L}- X_{C})^{2}}$ = $Z = \sqrt{40^{2} + (58.8- 6.8)^{2}}$ = $\sqrt{4304}$Ω

Hence P = $i_{rms}^{2}\times R$

Or P = $(\dfrac{V_{rms}}{Z})^{2}\times R$

=$(\dfrac{50}{4304}) \times 40$  = 0.47W

Correct solution is 0.47W and the closest option is (a).

Trick: Here the formulae of capacitive, inductive reactance and impedance play a major role in ans along with the power.


3. A series LCR circuit is connected to an AC voltage source. When L is removed from the circuit, the phase difference between current and voltage is $\dfrac{\pi} {3}$. If instead C is removed from the circuit, the phase difference is again $\dfrac{\pi} {3}$ between current and voltage. The power factor of the circuit is  (NEET 2020)

  1. 0.51W  

  2. 0.67W

  3. 0.76W

  4. 0.89 W

Sol:

Given:

When L is removed, 

Phase = $\tan\phi$= $\dfrac{ X_{C}}{R}$ = $\tan\dfrac{\pi}{3}$ = $\dfrac{\ X_{C}}{R}$

When C is removed,

Phase=$\tan\phi$ = $\dfrac{X_{L}}{R}$ = $\tan\dfrac{\pi}{3}$ = $\dfrac{\ X_{L}}{R}$

From both above-mentioned equations, we have $X_{C} = X_{L}$

Hence, the circuit is in resonance and Z = R

So, power factor = $\cos\phi=\dfrac{R}{Z} $

The correct answer is 1 and option is b.

Trick: Formula of phase is given as = $\tan\phi = \dfrac{X_{L} - X_{C}}{R}$


Practice Questions

1. A 100 mH inductor, a 25 μF capacitor and a 15 Ω resistor are connected in series to a 120 V, 50 Hz a.c. source. Calculate

(a) impedance of the circuit at resonance.

(b) current at resonance.

(c) Resonant frequency. 

(Ans (a) 15 Ω (b) 8 A (c) 100.7 Hz)

 

2. The inductance of a choke-coil is 0.2 Henry and its resistance is 0.50 Ω . If a current of 2.0 ampere (rms value) and frequency 50Hz is passed through it, what will be the potential difference across its ends ? 

(Ans: 125.6 V)

 

Conclusion

In conclusion we can say that the chapter Alternating Current has covered all the important formulae and concepts like Power factor, Impedance, Reactance offered by different electrical circuits, etc. which will help in boosting your confidence to score high marks in the NEET 2022 exam. Students can have hands-on experience of the exam by practising the numericals.

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FAQs on NEET Important Chapter - Alternating Current

FAQ

1. What is the weightage of the Alternating Current in NEET?

Nearly 1-2 questions appear in the exam from this chapter, covering about 10 marks which makes about 2% of the total marks.

2. What are the key points that need to be practised for solving questions from Alternating Current ?

Students should practice enough numericals and learn formulae for solving the questions from the Alternating Current .

3. Are previous year questions enough for NEET ?

Aspirants should know that revision is the key factor to any preparation for NEET. Candidates can easily evaluate their NEET preparation and work on the portion they need to and try to overcome lackings. As famously said, practice is the key to success so more practice = 600+ marks in the exam.