1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data When the current in a circuit containing a inductor in parallel with a galvanometer and battery rises (after closing a switch), why do I see a maximum voltage across the inductor that quickly diminishes to a steady voltage? I thought during a current rise the emf is less due to self-inductance? Or does the voltage jump then fall to steady when the current stops rising and there is no self-inductance? Please help me understand what's going on.