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One of the prime topics of electricity taught in Class 12 Physics is alternating current. This is a fundamental topic that every student aspiring to crack NEET must study. In this chapter, students will learn what an alternating current is and how it is generated. They will also find out how to calculate its magnitude using the derivations of scientific principles of current electricity. Students will find the difference between alternating current and direct current. To make your preparation easier and revisions better, download and use the Alternating Current Class 12 notes.


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Direct current is the current that may or may not change in magnitude but does not change in its direction.


Alternating current is the current which changes continuously in magnitude and direction periodically. It can be represented by a sine curve or a cosine curve


$I = {I_0}\sin \omega t$  Or $I = {I_0}\cos \omega t$ 


Here, ${I_0}$  is peak value of current and is known as amplitude of ac, $I$  is instantaneous value of alternating current.


$\omega  = 2\pi T$ $= 2\pi \upsilon$  where T is the period of ac and ν is frequency.


Mean or average value of alternating current or volts over one complete cycle:

  • The mean or average value of alternating current voltage over one complete cycle is zero.

$I_{av}$ or $\bar{I}$ or $I_{av}=\dfrac{\int_{0}^{T} I_{0} \sin \omega d t}{\int_{0}^{T} d t}=0, V_{m}$ or $\bar{V}$ or $V_{a n}=\dfrac{\int_{0}^{T} V_{0} \sin \omega d t}{\int_{0}^{T} d t}=0$

  • Average value of alternating current for first half equation is:

$I_{a v>}=\dfrac{\int_{0}^{T / 2} I_{0} \sin \omega d t}{\int_{0}^{T / 2} d t}=\dfrac{2 I_{0}}{\pi}=0.637 I_{0}$

  • Similarly, for alternating voltage, the average value of first half cycle is

$V_{a v}=\dfrac{\int_{0}^{T / 2} V_{0} \sin \omega d t}{\int_{0}^{T / 2} d t}=\dfrac{2 V_{0}}{\pi}=0.637 V_{0}$

  • Average value of alternating current for second cycle is

$I_{a v^{\prime}}=\dfrac{\int_{T / 2}^{T} I_{0} \sin \omega d t}{\int_{T / 2}^{T} d t}=-\dfrac{2 I_{0}}{\pi}=-0.637 I_{0}$


Root Mean Square (rms) Value of Alternating Current:

It is defined as that value of steady current, which would generate the same amount of heat in a given resistance in a given time, as is done by the alternating current when passed through the same resistance for the same time. The RMS value of alternating current is also known as the effective value or virtual value of ac. It is represented by

${I_{rms}}$ ,${I_{eff}}$  or ${I_v}$ .

${I_{rms}}$  or ${I_v} = \dfrac{{{I_0}}}{{\sqrt 2 }} = 0.707{I_0}$ 

Similarly, for alternating voltage: 

${V_{rms}}$  OR  ${V_{rms}} = \dfrac{{{V_0}}}{{\sqrt 2 }} = 0.707{V_0}$ 


Form Factors:

Form factor is ratio of rms value to average value of alternating current or voltage during half cycle. Form factor = $\dfrac{{{I_{rms}}}}{{{I_{av}}}} = \dfrac{{\dfrac{{{I_o}}}{{\sqrt 2 }}}}{{\dfrac{{2{I_o}}}{\pi }}} = \dfrac{\pi }{{2\sqrt 2 }} = 1.11$ 


AC Circuit Containing Pure Resistance only:


AC circuit with pure resistor


AC circuit with pure resistor


  • Let $V = {V_0}\sin \omega t$ 

  • Then, $I = \dfrac{V}{R} = \dfrac{{{V_0}}}{R}\sin \omega t = {I_0}\sin \omega t$ 

  • Here the alternating voltage is in phase with current, when ac flows through a resistor.


Phasor graph of a resistive circuit


Phasor Graph of a Resistive Circuit


AC Circuit Containing Pure Inductor only:


AC circuit with pure Inductor


AC Circuit with pure Inductor


  • Let $V = {V_0}\sin \omega t$ 

Then, $I = {I_0}\sin \left( {\omega t - \dfrac{\pi }{2}} \right)$ 

Where  ${I_0} = \dfrac{{{V_0}}}{{\omega L}}$ 

  • Thus, the alternating current lags behind the alternating voltage by a phase angle of $\dfrac{\pi }{2}$  when ac flows through an inductor.

  • Inductive reactance: It is the opposition offered by the inductor to the flow of alternating current through it.

${X_L} = \omega L = 2\pi \upsilon L$ 

  • The inductive reactance is zero for dc $\left( {\upsilon  = 0} \right)$ and has a finite value for ac.


Phasor graph for a inductive circuit


Phasor Graph for a Inductive Circuit


AC Circuit Containing Pure Capacitor only:


AC circuit with pure capacitor


AC Circuit with Pure Capacitor


  • Let $V = {V_0}\sin \omega t$ 

$I = {I_0}\sin \left( {\omega t + \dfrac{\pi }{2}} \right)$ 

Where ${I_0} = (\omega C){V_0}$ .

  • Thus, the alternating current leads the voltage by a phase angle of $\dfrac{\pi }{2}$ , when ac flows through a capacitor. 

  • Capacitive reactance: It is the opposition offered by the capacitor to the flow of alternating current through it. The capacitive reactance is infinite for dc $\left( {\upsilon  = 0} \right)$ and has a finite value for ac.

${X_C} = \dfrac{1}{{\omega C}} = \dfrac{1}{{2\pi \upsilon C}}$ 

  • The capacitance reactance is infinite for dc $\left( {\upsilon  = 0} \right)$ and has a finite value for ac.


Phasor graph of a capacitive circuit


Phasor graph of a capacitive circuit


AC circuit with an inductor and a resistor:

A circuit with an inductor and a resistor is called an LR circuit in series. Here, $Z = \sqrt {{R^2} + X_L^2}$ is the impedance of the circuit.


LR circuit with phasor diagram


LR Circuit with Phasor Diagram


As in the figure the current lags the voltage by an angle $\phi  = {\tan ^{ - 1}}\left( {\dfrac{{{X_L}}}{R}} \right)$ .


AC circuit with an inductor and a capacitor:

A circuit which has an inductor and capacitor connected in series is called an LC circuit. Oscillations produced by it are called LC oscillations.


Here, $Z = {X_c} - {X_L}$ is the impedance and the current leads voltage by an angle 90.


Phasor diagram of an LC circuit


Phasor Diagram of an LC Circuit


In LC oscillations charge q, I and $\dfrac{{dI}}{{dt}}$ all oscillate with the same angular frequency. But the phase difference is always 90.


Thus we have AC: $I =  - {q_o}\omega \sin \omega t$ .


AC circuit with a resistor and a capacitor:


RC circuit

  

 RC Circuit


A circuit with a resistor and a capacitor connected in series is called a RC circuit. Here, $Z = \sqrt {{R^2} + X_c^2}$ is the impedance and the current leads voltage by an angle $\phi  = {\tan ^{ - 1}}\left( {\dfrac{{{X_c}}}{R}} \right)$ .


Phasor diagram of a RC circuit


Phasor Diagram of a RC Circuit


Series LCR circuit:


Series LCR circuit


Series LCR Circuit


  • Let $V = {V_0}\sin \omega t$ 

Then, $I = {I_0}\sin (\omega t - \phi )$ 

Where ${I_0} = \dfrac{{{V_0}}}{Z}$ 

Here Z is the impedance of the series LCR circuit.

$Z = \sqrt {{R^2} + {{({X_L} - {X_C})}^2}}  = \sqrt {{R^2} + {{\left( {\omega L - \dfrac{1}{{\omega C}}} \right)}^2}}$ 

  • The alternating current lags behind the voltage by a phase angle ϕ

$\tan \phi  = \dfrac{{{X_L} - {X_C}}}{R}$ 

  • When ${X_L} > {X_C}$ , tan ϕ is positive. Therefore, ϕ is positive. Hence current lags behind the voltage by a phase angle ϕ. The ac circuit is an inductance dominated circuit.

  • When ${X_L} > {X_C}$ , tan ϕ is negative. Therefore, ϕ is negative. Hence current leads the voltage by a phase angle ϕ. The ac circuit is a capacitance dominated circuit.


Impedance triangle:


Impedance triangle of a LCR circuit


Impedance Triangle of a LCR Circuit


  • It is a right angled triangle, whose base represents ohmic resistance (R), perpendicular represents reactance $({X_L} - {X_C})$ and hypotenuse represents impedance (Z) of the series LCR circuit as shown in figure above.

  • Impedance of circuit

$Z = \sqrt {{R^2} + {{({X_L} - {X_C})}^2}}$ 


Admittance:

  • The reciprocal of the impedance of an ac circuit is known as admittance. It is represented by Y.

$\therefore$  Admittance = $\dfrac{1}{\text{Impedance}}$   or  $Y = \dfrac{1}{Z}$ 

  • The unit of admittance is $(ohm){}^{ - 1}$  or Siemens.


Susceptance:

  • The reciprocal of the reactance of an ac circuit is known as susceptance. It is represented by S.

$\therefore$  Susceptance = $\dfrac{1}{\text{Reactance}}$ 

  • The unit of susceptance is $(ohm){}^{ - 1}$  or Siemens.

  • Inductive susceptance = $\dfrac{1}{\text{Inductive Reactance}}$ 

Or  ${S_L} = \dfrac{1}{{{X_L}}} = \dfrac{1}{{\omega L}}$ 

  • Capacitive susceptance = $\dfrac{1}{{Capacitive\operatorname{Re} ac\tan ce}}$ 

Or  ${S_C} = \dfrac{1}{{{X_C}}} = \dfrac{1}{{\dfrac{1}{{\omega C}}}} = \omega C$ 


Resonant series LCR circuit:

  • When the frequency of AC supply is such that the inductive reactance and capacitive reactance are equal $\left(X_{L}=X_{C}\right)$. 

  • The impedance of the series LCR which is equal to the ohmic resistance in the circuit. As the current in the circuit becomes maximum. Such series LCR circuit is known as resonant series of circuit and the frequency of the AC supply is known resonant frequency   $({\upsilon _r})$ . The resonant frequency is

${\upsilon _r} = \dfrac{1}{{2\pi \sqrt {LC} }}$ 

${\omega _r} = \dfrac{1}{{\sqrt {LC} }}$ 

The series resonance circuit is known as acceptance circuit. It is used in radio and TV receiver’s sets of tuning a particular radio station/TV channel.

  • A circuit exhibits the resonance phenomenon if both L and C are present in the circuit. Then the voltage across L and C cancels each other. We can have resonance in an LR or RC circuit.


Condition of resonance in a series LCR circuit with a graph


Condition of resonance in a series LCR circuit with a graph


Parallel LCR circuit:


Parallel LCR circuit


Parallel LCR circuit


Similar to a series LCR circuit, parallel LCR circuit has:

$\dfrac{1}{Z} = \sqrt {{{\left( {\dfrac{1}{R}} \right)}^2} + {{\left( {\dfrac{1}{{{X_L}}} - \dfrac{1}{{{X_C}}}} \right)}^2}}$

${f_r} = \dfrac{1}{{2\pi }}\sqrt {\dfrac{1}{{LC}} - \dfrac{{{R^2}}}{{{L^2}}}} ,{Z_r} = \dfrac{L}{RC}$

Other quantities such as admittance, and susceptance remain the same.


Quality factor:

  • It is a measure of the sharpness of the resonance. It is defined as the ratio of the reactance of either the inductance or capacitance at the resonant angular frequency to the total resistance of the circuit.

$Q = \dfrac{{{X_L}}}{R} = \dfrac{{{\omega _r}L}}{R}$ 

$Q = \dfrac{{{X_c}}}{R} = \dfrac{1}{{{\omega _r}CR}}$ 

$\therefore Q = \dfrac{1}{R}\sqrt {\dfrac{L}{C}}$ 

Quality factor is also expressed in terms of bandwidth

$Q = \dfrac{\text{Resonant frequency}}{\text{Bandwidth}}$ 


Power in an AC circuit:

  • In an ac circuit we may define three types of power.

  • Instantaneous power: The power in the AC circuit at any instant of time is known as instantaneous power. it is equal to the product of values of alternating voltage and alternating current at that time.

  • Average power (${P_{av}}$ ):  The power average over one full cycle of AC is known as average power. It is also known as true power.

${P_{av}} = {V_{rms}}{I_{rms}}\cos \phi  = \dfrac{{{V_0}{I_0}}}{2}\cos \phi$ 

  • Apparent power: The product of virtual voltage (${V_{rms}}$ ) and virtual current (${I_{rms}}$ ) in the circuit is known as virtual power.

${P_v} = {V_{rms}}{I_{rms}} = \dfrac{{{V_0}{I_0}}}{2}$ 


Power factor:

  • It is defined as the ratio of true power to apparent power of an AC circuit

$\cos \phi  = \dfrac{\text{True power}}{\text{Apparent power}}$ 

  • Power factor is also defined as the ratio of the resistance to the impedance of an ac circuit

$\cos \phi  = \dfrac{R}{Z}$ 

  • It is unit-less and dimensionless. 

  • In pure resistive circuit,

$\phi  = {0^0}$ ;$\cos \phi  = 1$ 

  • In pure inductive or capacitive circuit 

$\phi  = \dfrac{\pi }{2}$ ;$\cos \phi  = 0$ 

  • In RL circuit,

$Z = \sqrt {{R^2} + {X_L}^2}$ and $\cos \phi  = \dfrac{R}{Z}$ 

  • In RC circuit,

$Z = \sqrt {{R^2} + {X_C}^2}$ and $\cos \phi  = \dfrac{R}{Z}$ 

  • In series LCR circuit,

$Z = \sqrt {{R^2} + {{({X_L} - {X_C})}^2}}$ and $\cos \phi  = \dfrac{R}{Z}$ 

  • At resonance, ${X_L} = {X_C}$ 

$\therefore Z = R$  and $\phi  = {0^0}$ 


Watt less current:

  • The average power associated over a complete cycle with a pure inductor or pure capacitor is zero, even though a current is flowing through them. This current is known as the watt less current or idle current.


Transformer:

  • It is a device used for converting a low alternating voltage to a high alternating voltage and vice versa. It is based on the principle of mutual induction.

  • There are two types of transformer: Step-up and Step-down transformers.

  • For ideal transformer,  $\dfrac{{{V_s}}}{{{V_p}}} = \dfrac{{{I_p}}}{{{I_s}}} = \dfrac{{{N_s}}}{{{N_p}}} = k$ f

Where k is called the transformation ratio.

  • For a step-up transformer, k > 1. i.e. ${V_s} > {V_p}$ , ${I_s} > {I_p}$  and ${N_s} > {N_p}$ .

  • For a step-down transformer, k < 1. I.e. ${V_s} < {V_p}$ , ${I_s} < {I_p}$  and  ${N_s} < {N_p}$ .

  • Power losses in a transformer are: Copper loss, Iron loss, Loss due to flux leakage, Hysteresis etc…

  • Efficiency of a transformer,

$\eta  = \dfrac{\text{output power}}{\text{input power}} = \dfrac{{{V_s}{I_s}}}{{{V_p}{I_p}}}$ 


Types of transformers


Types of transformers


AC generator/dynamo:

An AC generator/Dynamo produces alternating current energy from mechanical energy of rotation of a coil. It is based on the phenomenon of electromagnetic induction. The form of EMF induced is $\varepsilon  = {\varepsilon _o}\sin \omega t$ , where ${\varepsilon _0} = NAB\omega$ , max.emf induced. Here, N is total number of turns in the coil, A is face of the coil, B is strength of magnetic field applied and w is angular velocity of the armature coil.


DC Generator:

A DC generator/Dynamo produces direct current from mechanical energy of rotation of a coil. Its primary and working are the same as those of AC generators. There is only a little change in the design of the generator slip ring arrangement used in AC generators is replaced by split ring arrangement in DC generators.


DC motor:

A DC motor converts direct current energy from a battery into mechanical energy of rotation. It is based on the fact that when a coil carrying current is placed in a magnetic field, it experiences a torque which may cause the coil. The efficiency of a DC motor is given by:  $\eta=\frac{\text { back emf }}{\text { emf of battery }}$


DC Motor


DC Motor 

  

Points to remember:

  • Alternating current is the current which changes continuously in magnitude and in direction periodically. It can be represented by a sine curve or a cosine curve

$I = {I_0}\sin \omega t$  Or $I = {I_0}\cos \omega t$ 

  • The mean or average value of alternating current voltage over one complete cycle is zero.

${I_{av}}$  or  $\bar I$  or   ${I_{av}} = \dfrac{{\int\limits_0^T {{I_0}\sin \omega dt} }}{{\int\limits_0^T {dt} }} = 0$ , ${V_m}$  or  $\bar V$   or  ${V_{av}} = \dfrac{{\int\limits_0^T {{V_0}\sin \omega dt} }}{{\int\limits_0^T {dt} }} = 0$ 

  • Root mean square of alternating current is defined as that value of steady current, which would generate the same amount of heat in a given resistance in a given time, as is done by the alternating current when passed through the same resistance for the same time. 

  • The RMS value of alternating current is also known as effective value or virtual value of ac. It is represented by${I_{rms}}$ ,${I_{eff}}$  or${I_v}$ .

           ${I_{rms}}$  or ${I_v} = \dfrac{{{I_0}}}{{\sqrt 2 }} = 0.707{I_0}$ 

  • Form factor is ratio of rms value to average value of alternating current or voltage during half cycle. Form factor = $\dfrac{{{I_{rms}}}}{{{I_{av}}}} = \dfrac{{\dfrac{{{I_o}}}{{\sqrt 2 }}}}{{\dfrac{{2{I_o}}}{\pi }}} = \dfrac{\pi }{{2\sqrt 2 }} = 1.11$ 

  • The alternating voltage is in phase with current when ac flows through a resistor but lags the voltage by a phase angle of 90 for an inductive circuit and leads the voltage by an phase angle of 90 for a capacitive circuit.

  • Let $V = {V_0}\sin \omega t$ then for an LCR circuit:

Then, $I = {I_0}\sin (\omega t - \phi )$ 

Where ${I_0} = \dfrac{{{V_0}}}{Z}$ 

Here Z is the impedance of the series LCR circuit.

$Z = \sqrt {{R^2} + {{({X_L} - {X_C})}^2}}  = \sqrt {{R^2} + {{\left( {\omega L - \dfrac{1}{{\omega C}}} \right)}^2}}$ 

  • The alternating current lags behind the voltage by a phase angle ϕ

$\tan \phi  = \dfrac{{{X_L} - {X_C}}}{R}$ 

  • When ${X_L} > {X_C}$ , tan ϕ is positive. Therefore, ϕ is positive. Hence current lags behind the voltage by a phase angle ϕ. The ac circuit is an inductance dominated circuit.

  • When ${X_L} > {X_C}$ , tan ϕ is negative. Therefore, ϕ is negative. Hence current leads the voltage by a phase angle ϕ. The ac circuit is a capacitance dominated circuit.

  • Impedance triangle is a right angled triangle, whose base represents ohmic resistance (R), perpendicular represents reactance $({X_L} - {X_C})$ and hypotenuse represents impedance (Z) of the series LCR circuit.

  • The reciprocal of the impedance of an ac circuit is known as admittance. It is represented by Y.

$\therefore$  Admittance = $\dfrac{1}{\text{Impedance}}$   or  $Y = \dfrac{1}{Z}$ 

The unit of admittance is $(ohm){}^{ - 1}$  or Siemens.

  • The reciprocal of the reactance of an ac circuit is known as susceptance. It is represented by S.

$\therefore$  Susceptance = $\dfrac{1}{\text{Reactance}}$ 

The unit of susceptance is $(ohm){}^{ - 1}$  or Siemens.

  • When the frequency of AC supply is such that the inductive reactance and capacitive reactance are equal $\left(X_{L}=X_{C}\right)$ , The impedance of the series LCR which is equal to the ohmic resistance in the circuit. As the current in the circuit becomes maximum. Such series LCR circuit is known as resonant series of circuit and the frequency of the AC supply is known resonant frequency   $({\upsilon _r})$ . The resonant frequency is

${\upsilon _r} = \dfrac{1}{{2\pi \sqrt {LC} }}$ 

${\omega _r} = \dfrac{1}{{\sqrt {LC} }}$ 

  • Quality factor is a measure of sharpness of resonance. It is defined as the ratio of reactance of either the inductance or capacitance at the resonant angular frequency to the total resistance of the circuit.

  • Instantaneous power: The power in the AC circuit at any instant of time is known as instantaneous power. it is equal to the product of values of alternating voltage and alternating current at that time.

  • Average power (${P_{av}}$ ):  The power average over one full cycle of AC is known as average power. It is also known as true power.

${P_{av}} = {V_{rms}}{I_{rms}}\cos \phi  = \dfrac{{{V_0}{I_0}}}{2}\cos \phi$ 

  • Apparent power: The product of virtual voltage (${V_{rms}}$ ) and virtual current (${I_{rms}}$ ) in the circuit is known as virtual power.

${P_v} = {V_{rms}}{I_{rms}} = \dfrac{{{V_0}{I_0}}}{2}$ 

  • Power factor is defined as the ratio of true power to apparent power of an AC circuit

$\cos \phi  = \dfrac{\text{True power}}{\text{Apparent power}}$ 

  • Power factor is also defined as the ratio of the resistance to the impedance of an ac circuit

$\cos \phi  = \dfrac{R}{Z}$ 

  • The average power associated over a complete cycle with a pure inductor or pure capacitor is zero, even though a current is flowing through them. This current is known as the watt less current or idle current.

  • Transformer is a device used for converting a low alternating voltage to a high alternating voltage and vice versa. It is based on the phenomenon of mutual induction.

  • For ideal transformer,  $\dfrac{{{V_s}}}{{{V_p}}} = \dfrac{{{I_p}}}{{{I_s}}} = \dfrac{{{N_s}}}{{{N_p}}} = k$ f

Where k is called the transformation ratio.

  • An AC generator/Dynamo produces alternating current energy from mechanical energy of rotation of a coil. It is based on the phenomenon of electromagnetic induction. 

  • A DC generator/Dynamo produces direct current from mechanical energy of rotation of a coil. Its primary and working are the same as those of AC generators.

  • A DC motor converts direct current energy from a battery into mechanical energy of rotation


Important formulas:

  • The RMS value of alternating current is also known as effective value or virtual value of ac. It is represented by ${I_{rms}}$ ,${I_{eff}}$  or${I_v}$ .

${I_{rms}}$  or ${I_v} = \dfrac{{{I_0}}}{{\sqrt 2 }} = 0.707{I_0}$ 

  • Similarly, for alternating voltage: ${V_{rms}}$  OR  ${V_{rms}} = \dfrac{{{V_0}}}{{\sqrt 2 }} = 0.707{V_0}$ 

  • Form factor = $\dfrac{{{I_{rms}}}}{{{I_{av}}}} = \dfrac{{\dfrac{{{I_o}}}{{\sqrt 2 }}}}{{\dfrac{{2{I_o}}}{\pi }}} = \dfrac{\pi }{{2\sqrt 2 }} = 1.11$ 

  • For a pure resistive circuit: 

Let $V = {V_0}\sin \omega t$ 

Then, $I = \dfrac{V}{R} = \dfrac{{{V_0}}}{R}\sin \omega t = {I_0}\sin \omega t$ 

  • For a pure inductive circuit:

Let $V = {V_0}\sin \omega t$ 

Then, $I = {I_0}\sin \left( {\omega t - \dfrac{\pi }{2}} \right)$ 

Where  ${I_0} = \dfrac{{{V_0}}}{{\omega L}}$ 

  • For a pure capacitive circuit

Let $V = {V_0}\sin \omega t$ 

$I = {I_0}\sin \left( {\omega t + \dfrac{\pi }{2}} \right)$ 

Where${I_0} = (\omega C){V_0}$ .

  • For a series LCR circuit

Let $V = {V_0}\sin \omega t$ 

Then, $I = {I_0}\sin (\omega t - \phi )$ 

Where ${I_0} = \dfrac{{{V_0}}}{Z}$ 

Here Z is the impedance of the series LCR circuit.

$Z = \sqrt {{R^2} + {{({X_L} - {X_C})}^2}}  = \sqrt {{R^2} + {{\left( {\omega L - \dfrac{1}{{\omega C}}} \right)}^2}}$ 

  • The alternating current lags behind the voltage by a phase angle ϕ

$\tan \phi  = \dfrac{{{X_L} - {X_C}}}{R}$ 

  • Inductive reactance: ${X_L} = \omega L = 2\pi \upsilon L$ 

  • Capacitive reactance: ${X_C} = \dfrac{1}{{\omega C}} = \dfrac{1}{{2\pi \upsilon C}}$ 

  • Admittance = $\dfrac{1}{\text{Impedance}}$   or  $Y = \dfrac{1}{Z}$ 

  • Susceptance = $\dfrac{1}{\text{Reactance}}$ 

  • Inductive susceptance = $\dfrac{1}{\text{Inductive Reactance}}$ 

Or  ${S_L} = \dfrac{1}{{{X_L}}} = \dfrac{1}{{\omega L}}$ 

  • Capacitive susceptance = $\dfrac{1}{\text{Capacitive Reactance}}$ 

Or  ${S_C} = \dfrac{1}{{{X_C}}} = \dfrac{1}{{\dfrac{1}{{\omega C}}}} = \omega C$ 

  • Resonant frequency:

${\upsilon _r} = \dfrac{1}{{2\pi \sqrt {LC} }}$ 

${\omega _r} = \dfrac{1}{{\sqrt {LC} }}$ 

  • Quality factor: $Q = \dfrac{{{X_L}}}{R} = \dfrac{{{\omega _r}L}}{R}$ 

$Q = \dfrac{{{X_c}}}{R} = \dfrac{1}{{{\omega _r}CR}}$   

$\therefore Q = \dfrac{1}{R}\sqrt {\dfrac{L}{C}}$ 

  • Quality factor is also expressed in terms of bandwidth

$Q = \dfrac{\text{Resonant frequency}}{\text{Bandwidth}}$ 

  • Average power: ${P_{av}} = {V_{rms}}{I_{rms}}\cos \phi  = \dfrac{{{V_0}{I_0}}}{2}\cos \phi$ 

  • Apparent power: ${P_v} = {V_{rms}}{I_{rms}} = \dfrac{{{V_0}{I_0}}}{2}$ 

  • Power factor: $\cos \phi  = \dfrac{R}{Z}$ 

  • In pure resistive circuit,

$\phi  = {0^0}$ ;$\cos \phi  = 1$ 

  • In pure inductive or capacitive circuit 

$\phi  = \dfrac{\pi }{2}$ ;$\cos \phi  = 0$ 

  • In RL circuit,

$Z = \sqrt {{R^2} + {X_L}^2} and\cos \phi  = \dfrac{R}{Z}$ 

  • In RC circuit,

$Z = \sqrt {{R^2} + {X_C}^2} and\cos \phi  = \dfrac{R}{Z}$ 

  • In series LCR circuit,

$Z = \sqrt {{R^2} + {{({X_L} - {X_C})}^2}} and\cos \phi  = \dfrac{R}{Z}$ 

  • At resonance, ${X_L} = {X_C}$ 

$\therefore Z = R$  and $\phi  = {0^0}$ 

$\cos \phi  = 1$ 

  • For ideal transformer,  $\dfrac{{{V_s}}}{{{V_p}}} = \dfrac{{{I_p}}}{{{I_s}}} = \dfrac{{{N_s}}}{{{N_p}}} = k$ f

  • Efficiency of a transformer,

$\eta  = \dfrac{\text{output power}}{\text{input power}} = \dfrac{{{V_s}{I_s}}}{{{V_p}{I_p}}}$ 


Questions:

1. A small signal voltage V (t) = ${V_0}\sin \omega t$ is applied across an ideal capacitor C. Then which of the following statements are true:

  1. Current I (t) is in phase with voltage V (t).

  2. Current I (t) lags voltage V (t) by${180^0}$ .

  3. Current I (t) lead voltage V (t) by${90^0}$ .

  4. Over a full cycle the capacitor C does not consume any energy from the voltage source.

Answer: Option c), d)

Solution: When an ideal capacitor is connected with an AC voltage source, current leads voltage by ${90^0}$ . Since, energy stored in the capacitor during charging is spent in maintaining charge on the capacitor during discharging. Hence over a full cycle the capacitor does not consume any energy from the voltage source.


2. Which of the following combinations should be selected for better tuning of an L-C-R circuit used for communication?

  1. R = 20 Ω, L = 1.5 H, C = 35 μF

  2. R = 25 Ω, L = 2.5 H, C = 45 μF

  3. R = 15 Ω, L = 3.5 H, C = 30 μF

  4. R = 25 Ω, L = 1.5 H, C = 45 Μf

Answer: Option (c) 

Solution: Quality factor of an L-C-R circuit is given by,

$Q = \dfrac{1}{R}\sqrt {\dfrac{L}{C}}$ 

${Q_1} = \dfrac{1}{{20}}\sqrt {\dfrac{{1.5}}{{35 \times {{10}^{ - 6}}}}}  = 50 \times \sqrt {\dfrac{3}{{70}}}  = 10.35$ 

${Q_2} = \dfrac{1}{{25}}\sqrt {\dfrac{{2.5}}{{45 \times {{10}^{ - 6}}}}}  = 40 \times \sqrt {\dfrac{5}{{90}}}  = 9.43$ 

${Q_3} = \dfrac{1}{{15}}\sqrt {\dfrac{{3.5}}{{30 \times {{10}^{ - 6}}}}}  = \dfrac{{100}}{{15}}\sqrt {\dfrac{{35}}{3}}  = 22.77$ 

${Q_4} = \dfrac{1}{{25}} \times \sqrt {\dfrac{{1.5}}{{45 \times {{10}^{ - 6}}}}}  = \dfrac{{40}}{{\sqrt {30} }} = 7.30$ 

Clearly ${Q_3}$ is maximum of${Q_1}$ ,${Q_2}$ ,${Q_3}$  and ${Q_4}$ .

Hence, option (c) should be selected for better tuning of an L-C-R circuit.


List of common mistakes:

  • All of the previously stated significant issues are equally asked as numerical problems and derivations. 

  • It is advised to have a conceptual understanding of each topic. 

  • Practice the more and more numerical questions from each as well.

  • Keep in mind that a rolling motion can occur both with and without slipping.

  • Go over the chapter's relationships between the physical quantities again.

  • Create a table or chart to show the moment of inertia for various items and forms.

 

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1. What is an alternating current?

When an electric current is capable of reversing its direction at regular intervals, it is called an alternating current.

2. What is a direct current?

A direct current is an electric current where there is a change in its direction of flow.

3. What is a dynamo?

A dynamo is an electric instrument that uses electromagnetic induction to generate an alternating current.

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An insulated copper wire turned on a laminated core to form a big coil is called an armature.