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Urgent HW help

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Urgent HW help!!

In this problem you will calculate the inductance of an inductor from a current measurement taken at a particular time. Consider the L-R circuit shown in the figure. Initially, the switch connects a resistor of resistance R and an inductor to a battery, and a current I_0 flows through the circuit. At time t=0, the switch is thrown open, removing the battery from the circuit. Suppose you measure that the current decays to I_1 at time t_1.



PART A
Determine the time constant tau of the circuit.
Express your answer in terms of t_1, I_1, and I_0. Recall that natural logarithms are entered as ln(x).

PART B
What is the inductance L of the inductor?
Express your answer in terms of R, I_0, I_1, and t_1.





Please help!
I know tau=L/R but i dont know how all those other variables come into play and since I dont know what L equals either, so im not sure what to substitute into the equation to figure it out
 
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