30. Induction and Inductance

LR Circuits

# LR Circuits

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Hey, guys. So now that we know how in doctors behave in circuits, we're gonna take a look at a specific type of circuit that you're gonna need to know about called on LR circuit. Let's check it out. So in our circuit or an R L circuit, as you'll see in some textbooks, is simply a circuit that's containing an induct. Er, and we know that induct er's have the letter L and a resistor. And so that resistor is the are part of the L R Circuit. Right? So we got the schematic that's up here, that sort of labels, a battery that is connected to induct er and a resistor. And we have some switches. And the key thing here is that the depending on the switch positions, there's two different process that can happen in this circuit. So let's check him out. So imagine that we have s to that remains open. So that's this top got right here. And if s to arrange open, then that means that this whole entire circuit, it doesn't really matter. There's nothing that can flow through it and s one is now closed. So when you close s one you've now created a continuous loop for electrons to flow. So electrons gonna flow in this loop right here through the induct er and the resistor. Now, because it's connected to this battery right here, this battery wants to supply a lot of electrons, and it's going to supply the current. And what happens is that the current wants to increase in this phase. So we call this current growth so this happens when s one is close. So now let's imagine that we take the circuit, we let it run for a very long time, and then at some point, we're gonna close. This s to switch right here, and then we're gonna open. This s one. So now it's basically like this half of the circuit doesn't really exist, and the top one does. So what happens is now when we close, this s two. So when s two is closed? We now have a different circuit, a different loop that flows through the induct er and the resistor. And if this has been running for a long time, there's gonna be some current that has built up in this loop. I'm just gonna pretend that it goes in this direction. It could go in the other direction. We don't really know. So we have all this current right here and the resistor is going to bleed off of that currents. And so it's going to slowly dissipate that currents. Without the battery in the top half of the loop, the current is eventually going to decrease. So we call this process current decay is basically an overview of the two types of process that you can see. We're gonna take a look at each one of them a lot more carefully in this in this next section right here. So current growth is again when you have the battery that is connected. And that's like the dead giveaway that you have current growth. So when you have or when you're told information that the battery is connected or you have a schematic in which there's a switch or something like that and you close that circuit now the battery is connected. That's your dead giveaway, that you have current growth. Now this battery. What it wants to do is it wants to basically supply this current throughout the circuit. But remember, so this you know, this current is gonna start off is very, very slow value. And it wants to, as a very low value is gonna actually get zero. And this current wants to very, very quickly reach its maximum value. But remember that the function oven induct er is that in doctors always resist large changes in current with the self induced E. M F is equal to or it's proportional to Delta II over Delta T. So the larger the change in the current through this circuit, the larger the E m f. That's gonna be backwards. That's gonna fight against it. So what happens is this induct er basically resists any large changes in currents. So this induct ER is going to resist that growing currents and the equation that governs that is going to be this exponential equation right here. In fact, it's very, very similar to the exponential equation that we saw for RC circuits with just a few small differences here. So what ends up happening is that as time goes on as T goes on, there's now mawr of the current that's built up in the circuit. There's less Delta. A delta T thean doctor gets weaker and weaker and weaker, and eventually this current reaches its maximum value. So we're going to see is that as t goes to some very, very large number. So I'm just gonna write infinity over here, this exponential eat the minus t over tau eventually just goes to zero. So if you plug in a very large number inside of this exponential, this basically just goes away. This term goes away. So the phrase that you might see in problems is that after some long time, so that's usually what you'll see. So after a long time. And what that phrase just means is that the system is sort of able to get to it's sort of final states, right? So it's it's able to do this, and this thing exponential term, is going to go away. So after a long time, what ends up happening is that the current will eventually reach its maximum value of V over R. And so if you go to plot this equation out, it looks again very similar to the way that charges buildup on capacitors in an RC circuit. So we have the current that starts at zero, and then, at some later time So we're gonna ask them topically reach this maximum value of V over R. So it's gonna kind of look like this. So it wants to sort of rush out all this current, but the induct er is slowing it down and then after a long time, it sort of levels out and then reaches its maximum value. So that is current growth. So then if you were to sort of run this circuit for a very long time and let all of that current build up to its maximum value and then you were too disconnected from the battery. Now we move on to the second phase, which is current decay. So the easiest way you could tell that you have current decay is that unlike we had current growth, the battery is disconnected. So we have no battery here. There is nothing left to supply those electrons or that current that's going through the battery. And so what ends up happening is that this resistor is eventually going to dissipate that current away Now again, just like the induct er was trying to resist the growing currents. This induct er is trying to resist the the weakening current or the decrease in current from this resistor. So what happens here is that we have some maximum currents that's going through this circuit. So this is gonna be IMAX, so we're going to start off with some maximum value like this. And what happens is that this current is going to eventually get dissipated through the resistor, like we said. But this induct er is going to resist the decreasing currents and the equation that governs that is now This exponential right here looks very similar to the other one. But again, we don't have that one minus sign in there, that one minus e to the minus towel. So what happens here is that as t gets very, very big, so we have as t approaches some very large number after a long time, this exponential e to the minus t over tau eventually becomes zero. So if this term eventually become zero, then this whole entire thing will eventually become zero after a very, very long time. So this occurrence will eventually get bled off by the resistor. And the conductor was told to resist the decrease in current less and less and less So that means that there a very long time. You're gonna ask them methodically. Approach zero. Now, in both of these problems, that's basically the two different kinds of exponential that you'll see again. It's very similar to how RC RC circuits work, and the constant that appears in this is the time constant. That's the tower right here. And so, unlike RC circuits, this tau is given as the induct int l over our and basically what this time constant does is it just determines how quickly that the growth and decay cycles occur. So a lower time, constant meaning that l your induct Ince's lower or the resistance is higher means that these changes in the either growth or decay happen much, much, much faster. So if you have a lower time constant, it means that not as much time needs to pass in order for these cycles to occur, whereas if you have a much higher induct, INTs or the resistance is lower. So if you have a higher L or a lower our, that just means that these these changes happen much slower because the induct er is able to sort of resist these changes happening, Ah, lot better Okay, so it's basically summary of how current growth, how hurt to Kate works in an LR circuit. Let's go ahead and take a look at some problems.

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