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Solving for 3dB frequency appproximations

  1. Aug 4, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I have the transfer function:

    F(s) = s^3 / ((s+12)(s+550)(s+680))

    Find the lower cutoff frequency (3dB point)

    2. Relevant equations

    s = jw

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I set the equation equal to 1/sqrt(2), use s = jw, and try to solve for the frequency. Now I'm just supposed to "Put it into your calculator and off I go", but what exactly do I put into my calculator? I have a Ti-84, is that able to solve these types of problems?

    What's throwing me off is the imaginary term 'j', I'm not exactly sure what to do with it when solving this polynomial.
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  3. Aug 4, 2013 #2

    rude man

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    You need to find the magnitude of a complex number.

    It's |a + jb| = sqrt(a^2 + b^2).

    So find a and b for your transfer function and set the magnitude = 1/sqrt(2).
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