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Voltage response of a resistor in an AC circuit

  1. Apr 22, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    For the circuit below, assume the source phase angle is 0°


    Write the differential equation which would allow you to find the voltage response across resistor R2.

    Using the General Solution for the solution of such a differential equation write the complete solution for the differential Equation

    Write the steady-state solution for voltage response in the time domain.

    2. Relevant equations

    Ohm's Law

    i(t) = 1/L∫vdt

    i(t) = Cdv/dt
    v(t) 1/C∫idt

    3. The attempt at a solution

    My only real thought of how I could solve this would be either to do a nodal analysis of the essential node connecting the three branches with elements, OR, I could source transform my voltage function generator into a current function and use that to do a mesh current analysis.

    I'm not 100% sure if nodal analysis works in this case because of the branch containing the 150H Inductor and the 100 Ohm resistor. It seems like nodal analysis usually only contains one element per branch (or in my past experience, I was able to combine multiple resistors in series within a single branch).

    If I do a mesh current analysis, using I=V/R, I can convert my source into 4/5cos(377t) current function in parallel with my 150 ohm resistor. However, with this method, I'm pretty unsure of myself. This is my circuit after a source transformation:

    I don't think I'm able to do a mesh current analysis here because of the fact there is only one source.

    I am also not supposed to convert this to a phasor (yet). That's a later part of the this problem, which I think I figured out on my own. It's just this particular part of the problem, all the RLC circuit's we've dealt with have either been completely parallel, or completely series. Never a mixture like this one. The resistor in series with the inductor is particularly puzzling to me, as I'm not sure how to handle it.

    Any help?
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  3. Apr 23, 2013 #2
    Maybe try going back to basics first and apply KVL & KCL to give you some coupled differential equations. Then you can start reducing them to a single differential equation with the voltage across R2 as the dependent variable.

    Mesh or nodal analysis won't do much here to reduce the number of equations you have to work with.
  4. Apr 23, 2013 #3

    rude man

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    I would replace the voltage source with a current source as you suggested. Then there are just 2 independent nodes V1 and V2. Summing currents to zero at both nodes gets you 2 eq. in V1 and V2. Then just algebra to solve for V2.
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