# A2L Item 253

Goal: Reason regarding inductors

Source: 283-755 RL equivalent circuit at t small

Consider the following circuit.

The switch is closed at t=0. Which circuit is equivalent to this circuit
for the instant immediately after the switch is closed?

### Commentary:

(2) Some students misunderstand the statement that inductors behave
initially as an open circuit and select #1 or #3.

This item is best used in conjunction with the next one. Both should be
asked before discussion of either to reveal whether students just have
the behaviors reversed or evidence a more serious problem.

# A2L Item 254

Goal: Reasoning regarding inductors

Source: 283-750 LR equivalent at time = infinity

Consider the following circuit.

The switch is closed at t=0. Which circuit is equivalent to this circuit
as t approaches infinity?

### Commentary:

(3) Some students misunderstand the statement that inductors behave as a
short circuit after a long time and select #1 or #2.

This item is best used in conjunction with the previous one. Both should
be asked before discussion of either to reveal whether students just
have the behaviors reversed or evidence a more serious problem.

# A2L Item 249

Goal: Reason regarding RC circuits.

Source: 283 – energy dissipated in RC circuit

Consider the following circuit. The capacitor is uncharged when
switch S is closed at t = 0. During the charging process the total
energy dissipated in the resistor is:

1. V^2^/R
2. CV^2^/2
3. QV
4. V/RC
5. none of the above

### Commentary:

(2) Students should recognize that if the capacitor ultimately is
charged to Q, the total work done by the battery is QV. Half of this is
stored in the capacitor and half is dissipated in the resistor.

# A2L Item 250

Goal: Reason regarding RL circuits.

Source: 283 – energy dissipated in inductor

Consider the following circuit. The switch S is closed at t = 0.
The total energy dissipated in the resistor before the current reaches
its maximum value is:

1. V^2^/2R
2. LV^2^/2R2
3. LV
4. V/RL
5. none of the above

### Commentary:

(5) The total work done by the battery is QV where Q is a function of
time which is not limited. The total energy stored in the inductor is
finite. The difference must be the energy dissipated in the resistor.
Since it takes an infinite amount of time for the current to reach its
maximum value, the total amount of energy dissipated is also maximum.

A good follow up question is: Is there a time when the dissipated energy
is equal to the stored energy? If so, what is that time?

# A2L Item 248

Goal: Link energy with electrical quantities

Source: 283-energy in L

Consider the following circuit. The switch S is closed at t = 0.
After a long time the energy stored in the inductor is:

1. L^2^/R

2. RL^2^/2

3. LV/2R

4. V/RL

5. none of the above

### Commentary:

(5) This is a good time to discuss with students the general form of
energy expressions as 1/2 something times (something else)^2^.

# A2L Item 242

Goal: Reason regarding circuits

Source: 283 Compare dissipated power with inductors

Consider the following circuits. Two identical batteries are
connected to two identical inductors in series with different resistors.
The switch is closed at t=0. Which is true regarding the energy
supplied by the battery to establish current I?

1. The battery in A does more work.
2. The battery in B does more work.
3. Both batteries do the same work.
4. Cannot be determined