Hello, I am currently studying RL circuits and I know that when an inductor is attached to a resistor of large value, the time for the energy stored in the inductor to dissipate in the resistor is shorter and vice versa.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

This is proven mathematically by the time constant term Tau : L/R

But how does this happen physically?

It's a little counter intuitive for me since, I would think that a smaller resistance would allow energy to "flow" faster and vice versa.

Thank you.

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# Time Constants of RL circuits

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