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Homework Help: Time constant for the current through the inductor

  1. Oct 25, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    In the circuit below, V = 6 volts, R = 10 ohms, L = 100 mH. The switch has been open for a long time. Then, at time t = 0, the switch is closed.

    What is the time constant for the current through the inductor?

    2L / R

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    I am not sure how do I find the equvialent resistance in this case.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2011
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  3. Oct 25, 2011 #2


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    Kill the source (short the voltage supply) and remove the inductor. Find the equivalent resistance at the terminals where the inductor was.


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  4. Oct 26, 2011 #3

    Equvialent resistance is 2r then time constant should be L/2R?

    instead of 2L/R?

  5. Oct 26, 2011 #4


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    Nope. Those two resistors are not in series with respect to the open terminals. So the resistance is R/2. That makes your time constant 2L/R.
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