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Homework Help: Resistor, capacitor, and inductor in series

  1. Nov 5, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A resistor, capacitor, and inductor are connected in series across an AC generator. Which of the following statements is true?

    The power delivered by the generator does not depend on the phase difference between the generator voltage and current.
    All the power is lost in the capacitor.
    All the power is lost in the resistor.
    All the power is lost in the inductor.
    Power is lost in all three elements.

    2. Relevant equations

    I know that it has something to do with impedance... and the equation for that is Z=square root (R^2+(XL-XC)^2

    3. The attempt at a solution
    im not sure how this relates to losing power... or what equations i could use to reason it out. if anyone can point me in the right direction, i would really appreciate it. :)
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