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Homework Help: Need help on solving a RL circuit with switch

  1. Mar 4, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
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    2. Relevant equations
    Find v(t) for t < 0 and t > 0 in the circuit.


    3. The attempt at a solution
    I tried to find the i through the inductor for both t=0- and t=infinity, but I did not get the same result as the answer given in the txtbook which is 96e-4t V. According to the answer given from the txtbk, if I'm not wrong, i(t) shud be i(t)=48e-4t A, and then to find v at the 2 ohm resistor, i(t) X 2 and u get v(t).

    I do not really understand why, I've been on this qn for 1 hr and stil can't understand it.
    Please help and thank you.
     
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  3. Mar 5, 2010 #2

    berkeman

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    What's I_o?
     
  4. Mar 5, 2010 #3
    Io is I0, the value should be calculated when t=o-
     
  5. Mar 5, 2010 #4

    berkeman

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    It's a bit confusing for me, but to clarify... So the switch is opened at t=0? And right before then, there is 1*I_o flowing to the left, and 3*I_o flowing to the right? To add up to the 4*I_o that is supplied by the dependent current source in the middle?
     
  6. Mar 5, 2010 #5

    vela

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    I think the idea is that at t=0, the 3-ohm branch is disconnected and the 8-ohm branch is connected. The controlled source is a voltage source since it has the + and - signs in it, not an arrow.

    I noticed there's a little o symbol right below the arrow for current i. Is that significant?
     
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