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What the expression CIVIL means

  1. Nov 16, 2006 #1
    Does anybody know what the expression CIVIL means when dealing with reactance, capacitors etc?


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  3. Nov 16, 2006 #2


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    It probably means the same thing as "ELI the ICE man". For an inductor (L) the voltage (E or V) leads the current (I) while for a capacitor (C) the current leads the voltage. This refers to the phase relationships between the two quatities in the different circuit elements.
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