Energy stores in RL circuit

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Homework Statement



An inductor initially has 3 A of current passing through it at time t = 0. The current through the inductor increases at a constant rate until 5 A of current is flowing through it 1s later at t = 1 s. The voltage across the inductor is 4 μV while the current is increasing. What is the increase in the energy stored in the inductor between t = 0 and t = 1 s?

Answer: 16 μJ


Homework Equations



KVL, KCL

The Attempt at a Solution



I can use U=1/2 I^2L to find the energy? But how enery increased? And how can I find current over inductor?

Thx
 

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I can use U=1/2 I^2L to find the energy? But how enery increased? And how can I find current over inductor?

Thx

I suggest that you find the inductance L first. What's the defining formula for inductance (hint: it involves a derivative).

Once you have the inductance you can determine the energy stored for each level of current.
 
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I suggest that you find the inductance L first. What's the defining formula for inductance (hint: it involves a derivative).

Once you have the inductance you can determine the energy stored for each level of current.

So I just use V/ (dl/dt)?
 
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So I just use V/ (dl/dt)?

Try it and find out!
 

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