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Sunday, December 23, 2007

AP Physics C-Free Response Question on Inductance (for Practice)

In the circuit shown in the figure, the battery and the inductor have negligible resistance. The currents through R1, R2 and R3 are i1, i2 and i3 respectively. The switch S is closed at t = 0.

(a) Calculate the currents i1, i2 and i3 immediately after closing the switch S(when t = 0).

(b) Calculate the currents i1, i2 and i3 when steady state is reached.

(c) Show the nature of variation of the current through the battery graphically, with time ‘t’ on the X-axis and the current (i1) on the Y-axis.

(d) What are the values of the slopes of the above graph at t = 0 and at t = ∞.

(e) The switch S is opened and the resistance R3 is disconnected. If the switch S is now closed, what time is required for the current to attain 63.2% of the final steady value?

The above question carries 15 points. The division of points among the sections (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) can be as 4 + 3 + 4 +2 +2. Try to answer the above question within 15 minutes or less. I’ll be back with the answer shortly.

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