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1. In the RLC Series Circuit experiment you will measure the difference between the half-power points, the two frequencies where the power dissipated in the circuit is 1/2 the power dissipated at resonance. The lab manual states that the difference between the half-power points, in rad/s, is:

Dw = R/L. Prove that this is true. Hint: the average power in the circuit is:

P = I_{rms}^{2} R, so with R constant the power is reduced by a factor of two when the current is reduced by a factor of 2^{1/2}. What is Z at the half-power points? What is |X_{L}-X_{C}| at the half-power points? Starting from there, show that Dw = R/L.

2. Use the simulation to find the resonant frequency, the two half-power points, and then compare to the value from R/L. The circuits are identical aside from their capacitance. There are two graphs available, one showing voltage across each component as a function of time and the other showing rms current as a function of frequency. Un-check the "Voltage" box to see the current graph, which is more useful here, and note that the frequency units are Hz.

Define f_{1} as the angular frequency of the half-power point below the resonant frequency f_{o}, and f_{2} as the angular frequency of the half-power point above the resonant frequency.

Circuit | f_{o} (Hz) | f_{1} (Hz) | f_{2} (Hz) | Df = f_{2} - f_{1} (Hz) | Dw = 2pDf (rad/s) | R/L (s^{-1}) |
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Circuit 1 | ||||||

Circuit 2 |