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Phasors introductory exercise

  1. Dec 20, 2015 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    In this circuit, find [itex]i(t)[/itex], knowing that [itex]v_s= 2 \cos \left(w x+\frac{\pi }{2}\right)[/itex], and that, at the source's frequency, [itex]X_C= -1 Ω[/itex] and [itex]X_L = 1 Ω[/itex].

    2. Relevant equations
    Basic phasors and dividers equations.
    [itex]Z_C = jX_C[/itex]
    [itex]Z_L = jX_L[/itex]

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I used dividers. The source divides between R and the parallel of C and the series of L and R.
    I=\frac{Z_C v_s \left(Z_L+R\right)}{\left(Z_L+R\right) \left(Z_C+Z_L+R\right) \left(\frac{Z_C \left(Z_L+R\right)}{Z_C+Z_L+R}+R\right)}[/itex]
    Solving with [itex] R=1, Z_c=-j, Z_l=j, v_s=2j [/itex] I get [itex]i(t)=\frac{2}{\sqrt{5}}*cos(wt+0.46)[/itex], while the correct phase should be [itex]-2.68[/itex]. Basically I get the symmetrical cosine wave with respect to the x axis.
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  3. Dec 20, 2015 #2


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    Staff: Mentor

    I agree with your result. It seems that they took the given voltage source phase ##\pi/2## to be a negative phase shift for some reason.
  4. Dec 20, 2015 #3


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    Thank you. Yeah, that may be the reason.
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