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# lab 5 - software After all the data was stored it was...

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Experiment: RC Circuits and Time Constants Experiment number: 5 Date: 2/19/2008

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Purpose: The purpose of this lab is to study the charging and discharging times of a resistor and capacitor in a series and to compute the time constants of this experiment. Apparatus: Items needed for this experiment are: 1. 500 Ohm resistor 2. 330 Microfarad capacitor 3. Connected wires 4. Computer 5. DataStudio Method: In this experiment we connected a capacitor in a series with a resistor. The capacitor was charged then discharged. The voltage was read and stored by the DataStudio software. The voltage was plotted against the time so that it could be analyzed. Results: Throughout this experiment the voltage was stored with the DataStudio
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Unformatted text preview: software. After all the data was stored, it was plotted against the time to calculate the time constant. Interference: The results were no different than what I expected. Conclusion: In conclusion, this lab allowed us to visualize study the connection between the charging and discharging times of a resistor connected in a series with a capacitor. The time constant of both were calculated to show that they have the same time constant. Data Sheet for RC Circuits and Time Constants: Charging: Ti=1.247 Tf=1.419 Tf-Ti=0.174 Discharging: Ti=2.493 Tf=2.668 Tf-Ti=0.175 % difference: 1.72%...
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