MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Department of Physics 8.02 Spring 2008 Problem Set 9 Due: Wednesday, April 16 at 11 am. Hand in your problem set in your section slot in the boxes outside the door of 32-082. Make sure you clearly write your name, section, table, group (e.g. L01 Table 3 Group A) Problem 1: Read Experiment 6: Inductance and RL CircuitsPre-Lab Questions (10 points) 1. RL Circuits (3 points) Consider the circuit at left, consisting of a battery (emf ε), an inductor L, resistor Rand switch S. For times t < 0 the switch is open and there is no current in the circuit. At t = 0 the switch is closed. (a) Using Kirchhoff’s loop rules (really Faraday’s law now), write a differential equation relating the emf on the battery, the current in the circuit and the time derivative of the current in the circuit. (b) The solution to your differential equation should look: /( )()tI tA Xeτ−=−where A,X, and τare constants. Plug this expression into the differential equation you obtained in (a) in order to confirm that it indeed is a solution and to determine what the time constant τand the constants A, and Xare. What would be a better label for A? (HINT: You will also need to use the initial condition for current. What is (0)I t=?) (c) Now that you know the time dependence for the current Iin the circuit you can also determine the voltage drop VRacross resistor and the EMF generated by the inductor. Do so, and confirm that your expressions match the plots in Fig. 6a or 6b in Experiment 6.
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