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Average value of AC over a complete cycle is always zero

  1. Jan 17, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Statement 1: Average value of AC over a complete cycle is always zero.
    Statement 2: Average value of AC is always defined over half cycle.

    We need to tell whether these two statements are right, and if 1 is right then whether 2 is its explanation.

    2. Relevant equations
    Well arithmetic mean = integral f(x)dx/ integral dx
    root mean sqaure = root( integral f(x)^2 dx/ integral dx)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I think both are false since it depends upon the type of mean we are taking. Arithmetic would be zero and root mean square non zero. And I think we take mean over complete cycle only. But my answer is wrong.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 15, 2014
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  3. Jan 17, 2009 #2
    Re: Ac

    Is this the right place to post this?
  4. Jan 17, 2009 #3
    Re: Ac

    Who says your answer is wrong? (or right?)

    The first statement is pretty clearly true. If you perform a simple average of a sinusoid over one full cycle it comes out zero.

    As you observe, it does not make sense to try to average a periodic function over only half of its period, so the second statement does not look correct. If, however, you make an rms calculation over the half period it will be the correct rms value. So the second statement is not clearly right or wrong, but rather seems just vague as to what it means.
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