When an a.c is applied through a capacitor, current leads by 90° or π2radians. They are out of phase.

The ability of a capacitor to resist the flow of current in an a.c circuit is called its ‘Capacitive Reactance X_{c}’.

The reactance of a capacitor, X_{c }is given by:

XC=1ωC=12πfCIrms=VrmsXCandI0=V0XC

The capacitance of a capacitor is measured in Farad F.

**A.C. Through an Inductor**

When an a.c is applied through an inductor, voltage leads by 90° or π2radians. They are out of phase.

An inductor has an inductance (L), measured in Henri (H). The ability of an inductor to restrict the flow of current in an a.c circuit is called its ‘Inductive Reactance X_{l}’. The reactance of an inductor, X_{l }is given by:

XI=ωL=2πfLIrms=VrmsXLandI0=V0XL

**Worked Examples**

**Example 1:**

A capacitor of 1μF is used in a radio circuit where the frequency is 1000H_{z }and the current is 2mA. Calculate the voltage across the capacitor.

**Solution:**

V=IXC

But, XC=12πfC

Also, I=2mA=21000=0.002AV=I2πfC=0.0022π×1000×1×10−6=0.32V

(NB: μ = 10^{– 6}, m= 10^{– 3})

**Example 2:**

An inductor of 2H and a negligible resistor is connected to 12V mains supply. If the frequency is 50H_{z}, find the current flowing.

**Solution:**

I=VXL=122πfL=122π×50×2=628.3A

**Series Circuits**

### 1. **Capacitor and resistor in series (RC circuit):**

When a capacitor is connected in series with a resistor, the total opposition to the current flowing through the circuit is called ‘**Impedance, Z**’. Here, current leads voltage by 90°. From the vector diagram above,

V2=V2C+V2R∴V2=I2X2C+I2R2V2I2=X2C+R2

But Z=VI→Z2=V2I2∴Z2=X2C+R2∴Z=X2C+R2−−−−−−−√

For the phase angle,

Tanθ=VCVR=IXCIR=XCR

### 2. **Inductor and resistor in series:**

When an inductor is connected in series with a resistor, voltage leads by 90° on the current.

Considering the vector diagram,

V2=V2L+V2R∴V2=I2X2L+I2R2V2I2=X2L+R2

But Z=VI→Z2=V2I2∴Z2=X2L+R2∴Z=X2L+R2−−−−−−−√

For the phase angle,

Tanθ=VLVR=IXLIR=XLR

### 3.** Capacitor, inductor and resistor in series (RLC Circuit):**

Now, V2=V2R+(VL−VC)2V2=I2R2+(IXL−IXC)2V2=I2R2+I2(XL−XC)2V2I2=R2+(XL−XC)2Z=(R2+(XL−XC)2)−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−√

Note that the two reactance must be subtracted before squaring.

For the phase angle,

Tanθ=VL−VCVR=XL−XCR

**Worked Examples**

**Example 3:**

A 2.5μH inductor is connected in series with a non-inductive resistor of 300Ω across a 50V alternating at 160H_{z}. Calculate the r.m.s value of the current in the circuit.

**Solution:**

Vrms=IrmsZIrms=VrmsZ

Now, Z=X2L+R2−−−−−−−√

But, XL=2πfL=2π160×2.5×10−6=2.5×10−3ΩZ=3002+(2.5×10−3)2−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−√=300ΩIrms=50300=0.17A

**Example 4:**

A 2.0μF capacitor is connected in series with a resistor of 300Ω across a 240V a.c alternating at 160H_{z}. Find the rms value of the current in the circuit.

**Solution:**

Irms=VrmsZ

Now, Z=X2C+R2−−−−−−−√

But, XC=12πfL=12π160×2.0×10−6=497.4Ω∴Z=3002+(497.4)2−−−−−−−−−−−−√=580.8ΩIrms=240580.8=0.41A

**EVALUATION (POST YOUR ANSWERS USING THE QUESTION BOX BELOW FOR EVALUATION AND DISCUSSION):**

- State the mathematical relationship between Z, X
_{C }and X_{L}. - Define an impedance Z.
- Define the reactance of a capacitor and an inductor.

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