Passive vs Active Components in Capacitors and Inductors: What's the Difference?

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In summary, Passive components are electronic components that do not require a power source to function. They are used to modify or control the flow of electrical signals in a circuit. Some examples of passive components include resistors, capacitors, inductors, and diodes. The main difference between passive and active components is that active components require a power source to function, while passive components do not. Passive components play a crucial role in circuit performance by controlling the flow of electrical signals and can be used in active circuits to modify or stabilize the signals.
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Of Capacitors and Inductors which is passive or active ? And by what definition ?
 
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My guess is that both are passive. What I am confused is that capacitors can both absorb and release energy (after absorbing) so how come its not both active and passive ?
 
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In general active components provide gain (amplifiers), where as RLCs are all passive components. They cannot provide gain.
 
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Can someone please explain ?
 
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Passive components use only the power of the input 'signal', voltage and current.

Active components need and additional source of power to make them work...transistors or valves (tubes).
 

Related to Passive vs Active Components in Capacitors and Inductors: What's the Difference?

1. What are passive components?

Passive components are electronic components that do not require a power source to function. They are used to modify or control the flow of electrical signals in a circuit.

2. What are some examples of passive components?

Some examples of passive components include resistors, capacitors, inductors, and diodes. These components are used in various electronic circuits to control current, voltage, and frequency.

3. What is the difference between passive and active components?

The main difference between passive and active components is that active components require a power source to function, while passive components do not. Active components, such as transistors and integrated circuits, amplify or control the flow of electrical signals, while passive components only modify the signals.

4. How do passive components affect circuit performance?

Passive components play a crucial role in circuit performance by controlling the flow of electrical signals. They can affect parameters such as resistance, capacitance, and inductance, which determine the behavior of the circuit. Choosing the right combination of passive components is essential for achieving the desired performance of a circuit.

5. Can passive components be used in active circuits?

Yes, passive components are commonly used in active circuits to modify or stabilize the signals. For example, capacitors are often used in conjunction with active components to filter out unwanted noise or stabilize voltage levels. Inductors are also used in active circuits to store energy and regulate current flow.

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