1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data You see this trace on your oscilloscope for an RC circuit. The vertical scale is 5volt/square and the horizontal scale is 50ms/square. What is the time constant of the RC circuit? 2. Relevant equations Vc(t) = Vo(e^(-t/RC) Vr(t) = -Vo * e^(-t/RC) t halftime = Tln(2) = .69T 3. The attempt at a solution So when the voltage is at its peak (15 V), that's Vo. and if I take that as V(t), it's V at 20 ms (approximately). Substituting this: 15 V = 15V(e^(.02/RC)) 1 = e^-.02/RC ln(1) = -.02/RC 0 = -.02/RC Cross multiplying to solve here doesn't help me. Is there another formula I can use?
The left side of the equation is V(t) so you need to read off the value of V at 20 ms. For example, if it's 13 volts, then you will solve [tex] 13 = 15 e^{-0.02 s/RC} [/tex]
Yeah, that's what I did..I said that the V at 20 ms was 15 (the peak). Should I just pick another arbitrary time?
But V cannot be equal to 15 volts at 0 second AND at 20 ms!! V_0 is the voltage at t=0 I think your mistake is that you did not reset t=0 at the point where the decreasing exponential starts. If you measure V_0 at the peak, you must set t=0 at that point.