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Lesson 5: AC circuit analysis- AC analysis intro 1
- AC analysis intro 2
- Trigonometry review
- Sine and cosine come from circles
- Sine of time
- Sine and cosine from rotating vector
- Lead Lag
- Complex numbers
- Multiplying by j is rotation
- Complex rotation
- Euler's formula
- Complex exponential magnitude
- Complex exponentials spin
- Euler's sine wave
- Euler's cosine wave
- Negative frequency
- AC analysis superposition
- Impedance
- Impedance vs frequency
- ELI the ICE man
- Impedance of simple networks
- KVL in the frequency domain

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# Impedance of simple networks

Impedance of 2 elements in series is a complex number. Impedance terminology: reactance, susceptance, admittance. Created by Willy McAllister.

## Want to join the conversation?

- So if we have a capacitor and inductor which have the same value of reactance in a RLC series then the vector addition of the two will make it zero and that would basically mean that the impedance is equal to the resistance in the resistor?(7 votes)
- Hello Brine,

Correct!

If you have a series RLC and the L and C have the same (but opposite sign) impedance then yes, the L and C will effectively cancel each other out. The circuit will appear resistive. This is known as a "series resonant" circuit.

If you want to have some fun calculate the voltage drop across each element. You might be surprised. Another challenge is to determine what happens in a parallel resonant circuit (R, L, and C are all in parallel).

Excellent question - keep up the good work! Do leave a comment below if you want to continue this conversation.

Regards,

APD(9 votes)

- How do you add impedance for components that are in parallel?(1 vote)
- Hello Zachary,

This is a question folks in sophomore electrical engineering 101 classes struggle with. It's a straightforward procedure nearly identical to performing parallel resistor calculation. But, you must be comfortable with complex number.

May I recommend this link for an introduction:

http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/textbook/alternating-current/chpt-5/series-parallel-r-l-and-c/

Regards,

APD(5 votes)

- in phasor representation of impedance, what does the phase angle represent? does it represent phase difference between resistance and reactance?(1 vote)
- When you have any two sine waves you can talk about the timing relationship between them in terms of their phase difference. When you couple the phase angle with the magnitude of the sine waves, you pretty much know everything there is to know about them. We worked out the impedance of R, L, and C we discovered the phase difference between the voltage sine wave and the current sine wave was either 0, +90, or -90 (for R, L, C respectively).(2 votes)

- Why do you draw current direction? Isn't this an AC network?(1 vote)
- The current arrow and the nearby voltage polarity signs indicate the reference directions for both current and voltage. You are correct that current flows both ways in an AC circuit. But at any one instant in time the current has a particular direction. You can leave out voltage and current signs in AC diagrams if you want. It typically doesn't hurt. However, if you are working with a power supply circuit you need to be careful. At some point in the circuit you will begin to have DC waveforms.(2 votes)

- How would I determine the

frequency at which the impedance is a real number?(1 vote)- To get a real number you have to arrange for the imaginary parts of the impedance to cancel. That requires a circuit with C and L, and you are looking for the point of 'resonance'. This might help: https://www.electronics-tutorials.ws/accircuits/series-resonance.html(1 vote)

- What is the impedance value of a capacitor in series with an inductor and how would you find the phase angle and the output voltage for a circuit like this?(1 vote)
- You sir are a class act! You make things easy to understand, thank you!(1 vote)
- in the last bit, is the hypotenuse the value for 1/wc ? or where did 1/wc end up?(1 vote)
- At the very end the hypotenuse is Z = jwL + R + 1/jwC.

The capacitor vector points straight down with magnitude 1/wC. That's the third vector I drew while doing the vector sum.(1 vote)

- I didn't understand the vector part. How can I position Z on that point?(1 vote)

## Video transcript

- [Voiceover] Let's talk about the idea of the impedance of some simple networks. Now, what I've shown here
is a very simple network. It has two impedances
in it, Z one and Z two. And inside these boxes are one of our favorite
passive components, either an R, an L, or a C. That's what's in both of these things. We're gonna look at combinations of this and figure out what the impedance of simple combinations are. When we talk about impedance, what we mean is we take
sinusoidal signals. We take a sinusoidal voltage, and divide it by a sinusoidal current. And that is, that ratio is impedance. And so the voltage is impressed across the two terminals here, and then the current I flows this way. So this will be I, and this
will be plus or minus V between here and here. And the relationship
between those two things is called impedance. So now we have a circuit here with two impedances in it in series. They're connected in series
because they're head to tail. Now, if both of these
impedances were resistors, like this, if we just make them resistors, when we write down the
impedance of a resistor, we just write down R, the
impedance of a resistor is R. And the impedance of this one is R. So we'll call that one R two, and R one. And the overall, the effect of
impedance of the whole thing is resistors in series, we
know this, is R one plus R two. So nothing new here yet. Now let's make a little
change, let's do this. Let's make a network that looks like a resistor and a capacitor. And I want to know the
voltage to current ratio, or I want to know the impedance, the effective impedance of this. So we transform the circuit, we write down, this value is R. And the impedance of a
capacitor is one over J Omega C. And if I want to, I can write
it exactly the same way, I could say that is equal to
minus J times one over Omega C. Remember, one over J
is the same as minus J. So, if I want to know the
impedance of this network here, Z is, now, this is the great trick of doing this transformation. We can use the same laws
that we know for resistors on this transformed circuit. We transformed it into
the frequency domain. So this series combination
of two impedances is the sum of the impedances. R plus one over J Omega C. This is the impedance
of this network here. Let's do another one, let's
do an inductor combination. So, we'll do a resistor and an inductor. Like that, so the impedance
of a resistor is R, the impedance of an inductor is J Omega L. And I can write the
combined impedance of this, the same thing, it's a series impedance. So I can do R plus J Omega L. Now what I want to do next is
introduce some new terminology that we talk about impedances with. So let's look at these
two examples down here, for the capacitor and the inductor. R's a real number, one over J Omega C, that's a imaginary number, and together they make a complex number. And over here with the
inductor, we see the same thing, a real part and an imaginary part. So the way we write an
impedance in general, as a rectangular complex number, is we say Z equals R plus, and the letter we use is X. Now, R is the resistance, and X, the name for X
in general is reactance. X is the imaginary part of an impedance, and that's referred to as the reactance. We also talked about the
inverse of a resistance. One over resistance is called conductance. That's one over R. And one over X is referred
to as susceptance. Now these are all just words that, they all sound like they
sort of mean the same thing, but engineers wanted to have,
sort of, different words for different parts of the impedance. And these are the words that we use. And finally, we have
another word for the inverse of impedance, the general
idea of one over Z, and that's referred to as admittance. Ad, mit, admittance. This is our little vocabulary, we have admittance is the
opposite of impedance, or the inverse of impedance. Susceptance is the inverse of reactance. And conductance is the
inverse of resistance. These are all just, sort of,
every word we can think of that meant resist and let through. So now I'm gonna roll
up here a little bit, and we'll do some plots. We'll look more carefully at
these impedance expressions. So if these are all complex numbers, that means I can plot
them on a complex plane. So let's do that and see what it tells us, see if we can learn anything. Okay, this is the real
and this is the imaginary. Now, for resistance to resistors, we just have two real parts. So there's some Z that's
the sum of two R's, and that's a real number. So I would just get a, some sort of value like here, like that. I'd add those two vectors together, and that would be Z. So let's do that for
the other circuit now. If I do it for capacitance, RC circuit, the one resistor is out here like this, that's a value of R. And C, how do we plot C? Well, C, remember, is one over J Omega C is the same as negative
J times one over Omega C. So that's gonna give us a negative J. It's gonna give us a line
on the negative J axis. Here it is, real, imaginary. And Z is gonna be, this
value here, right there, has a magnitude of one over J Omega, oops. This point right here has a magnitude. The length of that vector
is one over Omega C. And that point right there,
when we do the vector add, that'll be Z right there. Dat, dat, dat, dah, like that. And let's do the L. Let's plot the circuit
that has an L in it. Okay, again we have an R,
so we go out some distance. R right there. And now J Omega L, we
have a positive J here, so it goes up by Omega L. So let's say L was kind of small. Let's say it goes right there. So that has a magnitude of
Omega L on the imaginary axis. And that'll give us a point,
that'll be Z for that network. Now you notice as, let's
say we change Omega. Let's say Omega is varying. Omega goes up, in this
case here, Omega goes up. This point will travel up. It'll move in the complex
plain if Omega changes. This one, if Omega changes, if Omega gets bigger for a capacitor, if Omega gets bigger for a capacitor, that means this number gets smaller, and this will move in this direction. And on the resistor
side, if Omega changes, well, there's no Omega term here. So nothing changes when Omega changes in this resistor picture. So, this shows us what
happens in a graphical way when we change the frequency
of a complex impedance. Now I want to do one more. Let's do a circuit that looks like this, let's do three things. Let's do an inductor, a resistor, and
a capacitor, all in series. And what is C? So, we label it as we did before, J Omega L, R, one over J Omega C. So let's now work out
the impedance of this. It's a series circuit,
so the impedances add. So we can say that Z
equals J Omega L plus R plus one over J Omega C. So we can try a plot of these things. Here's the real, here's the imaginary. Let's do R first. R is always on the real
axis, some value like that. J Omega L goes up by some value. Here's the inductor
represented as a vector. And here's one over J Omega C that goes down on the axis like that, so it's gonna come down
here somehow like this. Let's make the capacitor small, which makes it's impedance large. The magnitude of that is one over Omega C, and when we put all these together, we do, basically, we do a
vector add of these guys here. So I can, let's move
the L over here, let's, L goes up like that,
there's a vector add of L. And then I have a vector
add of this vector here, adds onto that, back down like that, and the final answer
is this guy right here. And this is Z for this network right here, is that complex number right there. And you see, as we change
Omega, different things happen, and we can basically
move this point around. Moving this point around with frequency is basically the essence of AC analysis. We'll see you next time.