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Calculating the frequency based on LC circuit

  1. Mar 23, 2013 #1
    Hi all,

    I am currently building up a lightning detector based on this website: http://www.techlib.com/electronics/lightningnew.htm
    as the diagrams shows, the resonance tank included a 10mH inductor and a 10pF capacitor.
    As I want to calculate the resonant frequency (using the formula f = 1/2pi*sqrt(LC)), the answer was 5Hz, which is far from the desired range (should be around 200kHz)
    is there any mistake in my calculation or concept? Thanks for your help.

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  3. Mar 23, 2013 #2


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    How did you get your answer? Did you consider the SI prefixes (milli, pico)?
    I think there are brackets missing in your equation.
  4. Mar 23, 2013 #3
    I did it this way:
    which approxmately equals to 5 Hz.
  5. Mar 23, 2013 #4
    Following up on mfb's post, you're missing brackets and are using the wrong values for the SI units:

    10 mH = 10*10^(-3) H
    10 pF = 10*10^(-12) F

    1/(2*pi*sqrt(10*10^(-3)*10*10^(-12))) Hz = 503.3*10^3 Hz = 503.3 kHz
  6. Mar 24, 2013 #5
    oh my, silly me.
    Thanks mfb and milesyoung!
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