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This website includes an explanation of impedance in AC circuits, along with an applet that draws graphs and phasor diagrams for some important variables in the circuit.  The explanation of impedance gives formulas for reactance, impedance and resonance, and explains the importance of resonance.  The applet allows the user to vary the frequency, resistance, capacitance, and inductance of the circuit, and the applet can then graph the current, the current-voltage phase difference, or the impedance.

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Electricity & Magnetism
- AC Circuits
= Impedance
= RLC Circuits - AC
- Electromotive Force and Current
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© 2000 Pascal Renault
Keywords:
RLC circuits, current, phasor, voltage
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Metadata instance created February 22, 2006 by Jason Garman
Record Updated:
July 17, 2008 by Taha Mzoughi
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March 28, 2001
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.


Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: Moving Charges and Electric Circuits

This interactive applet displays the phasor diagram for an AC circuit.  Probably best used within a teacher-directed activity, it is intended to show current through a circuit as a function of frequency.  By controlling the frequency, resistance, capacitance, and inductance of the circuit, students can conceptualize the relationship of these variables and better understand how to interpret the related graphs.

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P. Renault, (2000), WWW Document, (http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeoacw1/impedance.html).
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P. Renault, Impedance of Series RLC Circuits, (2000), <http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeoacw1/impedance.html>.
APA Format
Renault, P. (2001, March 28). Impedance of Series RLC Circuits. Retrieved December 18, 2014, from http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeoacw1/impedance.html
Chicago Format
Renault, Pascal. Impedance of Series RLC Circuits. March 28, 2001. http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeoacw1/impedance.html (accessed 18 December 2014).
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Renault, Pascal. Impedance of Series RLC Circuits. 2000. 28 Mar. 2001. 18 Dec. 2014 <http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeoacw1/impedance.html>.
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