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AC Circuits
ALTERNATING CURRENT Section - 1

Most of the electric power generated and used in the world in the form of a.c. i.e., alternation current. The
magnitude of alternating current changes continuously with time and its direction is reversed periodically. It
is represented by
I = I0 sin t or I = I0 cos t
Here, I is instantaneous value of current i.e., magnitude of current at any instant of time t and I0 is the peak
value of maximum value of a.c. It is also called amplitude of a.c., is called angular freqneucy of a.c.
2
Also, 2 v
T
where, T is the time period or period of a.c. It is equal to the time taken by the a.c. to go through one
complete cycle of variation.

The term used for a.c. holds equally for alternation voltage which may be represented by
V = V0 sin t or V = V0 cos t

In general,
I I 0 sin(t )
V V0 sin(t )

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## Average and RMS Value of Alternating Current :

Average Current (Mean Current)
As we know an alternating current is given by
i = i0 sin (t + ) . . . .(i)
The mean or average value of ac over any time t is given by
t
i dt
0
iavg = t
dt
0

t
i 0 sin t
0
iavg = t
dt
0

## In one complete cycle average current

T
i 0 cos t
iavg =
T 0

i 0 cos T cos
=
T

i 0 cos 2 cos
0 (As T = 2)
T
Since ac is positive during the first half cycle and negative during the other half cycle so iavg will be zero for
long time also. Hence the dc instrument will indicate zero deflection when connected to a branch carrying ac
current. So it is defined for either positive half cycle or negative half cycle. Now to find mean value of current
i = i0 sin t for positive half cycle. i.e. from t = 0 to t = T/2
T 2
i 0 sin t
2i0
iavg 0 T 2 0.637 i 0
. . . .(5)
dt
0

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2v0
Similarly vavg = 0.637 v0 . . . .(6)

R.M.S. Value of Alternating Current
The notation rms refers to root mean square, which is given by square root of mean of square current.
2
i.e., irms = iavg

T
2
i dt 1T 2 2 i20 T
0
i2 avg = T = i0 sin (t ) dt =
T0 2T 0
[1 cos 2(t )]dt
dt
0

T
i20 sin 2(t )
= t
2T 2 0

## i20 sin (4 2) sin 2 i20

= T
2T 2 2

i0
irms = 0.707 i0 . . . .(7)
2
V0
Similarly the rms voltage is given by Vrms = 0.707 v0 . . . .(8)
2
The significance of rms current and rms voltage may be shown by considering a resistance R carrying a
current i = i0 sin (t + )
The voltage across the resistor will be
V = Ri = (i0 R) sin (t + )
The thermal energy developed in the resistor during the time t to t + dt is
i2 R dt = i02 R sin2 (t + ) dt

## The thermal energy developed in one time period is

T T
U = i Rdt = R i02 sin 2 (t )dt
2

0 0

1 T
2 2 = 2 RT
= RT T i 0 sin ( t ) dt . . . .(9)
0 i rms

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It means the root mean square value of ac is that value of steady current, which would generate the
same amount of heat in a given resistance in a given time.
So in ac circuits, current and ac voltage are measured in terms of their rms values. Like when we say that the
house hold supply is 220V ac it means the rms value is 220V and peak value is 220 2 = 311 1V.

Illustration - 1 If the voltage (in volts) in an ac circuit is represented by the equation, V = 220 2 sin
(314 t ), (where t is in seconds). Calculate (a) peak and rms value of the voltage (b) frequency of ac.
SOLUTION :
(a) For ac voltage, The rms value of voltage
V = V0 sin (t ) V0
Vrms = ; Vrms = 220 V
The peak value 2
(b) As = 2f, 2f = 314
V0 = 220 2 = 311
1V,
314
i.e., f= = 50 Hz
2

Illustration - 2 The electric current in a circuit is given by i = i0 (t/T) for some time. Calculate the rms
current for the period t = 0 to t = T for i0 20 3 A.
SOLUTION :
The mean square current is Thus, the rms current is
1T 2 i02 T 2 i02 2 i0
avg
i2
T 0
i0 (t / T )2 dt
T3 0
t dt
3
irms = iavg .
3
= 20 A

RC Circuit
When an AC voltage V(t) is applied across an RC circuit, the current I (t) is also an alternating current.
Let I = Im cos t
then VR = Im R cos t
q 1 1
VC I dt sin t I m
C C C
1 1
VC I m cos t C X C called reactance of capacitor
C 2

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## Total voltage across combination

V VR VC (Instantaneous)
1
I m R cos t I m cos t
C 2

1
V (t ) I m R 2 cos(t )
2 2
C
1
where tan 1
RC
V V V 1
The ratio Z is called impedance Z m rms R 2
I I m I rms C2
2

## Voltage across RC combination lags behind current by the phase angle

1
tan 1
RC

Note : All values drawn in the phasor diagram are rms values.

Vm
Vrms Vm Vrms 2
Z.
I rms Im Im
I rms 2

(a) Voltage across R is in phase with I.

(b) Voltage across C lags behind I by
2
1 1
(c) V across RC combination lags behind I by tan
RC
1 T 2
In general, rms value of a periodic function f (t ) f (t ) dt
T 0

RL Circuit
I (t) = Im cos t ; VR = Im R cos t

dI
VL L ( L ) I m sin t L I m cos t
dt 2
V(t) = VR(t) + VL(t)
[ L X L called reactance of inductor]

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V (t ) VR (t ) VL (t ) (Instantaneous)

I m R cos t L I m cos t
2

V (t ) I m R 2 2 L2 cos (t )
L
tan1
R
L
Voltage across RL combination leads I by tan1
R
V V
Impedance Z m rms R 2 2 L2
Im I rms
Phasor Diagram
(Using rms values of VR, VL, V and I)
(a) VR across R is in phase with I.
(b) VL across L leads I by /2
1 L
(c) V across RL combination leads I by tan
R

LCR Circuit
I (t) = Im cos t
V = VR + VC + VL

1
I m R cos t I m cos t I m L cos t
C 2 2

1
(a) L
C

1 2
V (t ) I m R 2 L cos ( t ) ;
C
1
L
tan1 C
V leads I by .
R

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(b) L
C
1
V (t ) I m R 2 L cos (t ) ;
C
1
L
tan1 C
R V lags behind I by .

1
(c) L
C
V(t) = Im R cos t V and I are in same phase.
2
1 1
Z R2 L or Z R2 L Z=R
C C

## Average Power across R

1 T 1 T 2
Pav V (t ) I (t ) dt I m R cos 2 t dt
T 0 T 0

2
Im 2
Pav R I rms R
T
Average Power across L
1 T
Pav V (t ) I (t ) dt
T 0

I2 T
m L cos L cos t
T 0 2
Pav = 0 acros L.
During one half cycle, L stores energy and during next half cycle it supplies this energy back to the circuit.
Average Power across C
1 T
Pav V (t ) I (t ) dt
T 0

I2 T 1
m cos t cos t 0
2 0 C 2
C also stores and gives back this energy alternately during each half cycle.

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## In general, average power in a circuit Pav = Vrms Irms cos

If Vrms is the total supply voltage and is the phase difference between current and voltage.
(cos is also known as power factor).
Resonance in LCR circuit
1
When L and Z = R, it is called resonant condition.
C

Resonance frequency :
1 1
0 v0
LC 2 LC

## Voltage supplied across combination is in same phase with current

= 0 and cos = 1 i.e. power factor is unity.
(a) Resonance occurs when
1
XL XC = 0 or
LC
V
(b) Current reaches a maximum value of at resonance.
R
V2
(c) Power dissipated is maximum and is rms (current and power are maximum because Z is minimum).
R
V V2
Irms rms , P rms R
Z Z
(d) Current is in phase with voltage ( = 0).

Parallel AC Circuits
RC Circuit
Using phasor diagram
I 2 I C2 I R2 (rms values)

2 2 2
Vrms Vrms Vrms
Z R X
C

1 1 1 1
Xc
Z R2 X c2 c

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Let V Vm sin t
V
I m sin(t )
z
I V / xc R
tan c R c tan 1 R c
IR V / R Xc
Current through source leads v by

L R Circuit
Using phasor diagram
I 2 I c2 I R2 (rms values)

2 2
Vrms Vrms Vrms 2
Z
XL R

1 1 1
( xL L )
2
z R xL2

Let V Vm sin t
V
I m sin( t )
z
I R R R
tan L tan 1
IR XL L L
Current thorugh source lags voltage by ,

LCR Circuit :
(A) IC I L (rms)
X L XC
2
I 2 I R2 IC I L (rms values)

2 2 2
Vrms Vrms Vrms Vrms
Z R X X

C L

2
1 1 1 1

Z 2 X
R C XL

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Let V V0 sin t
V
I 0 sin(t )
Z
1 1

I I X XL
tan C L C
IR 1
R
Current though source leads voltage by .
(B) IC I L (rms)
X L XC
2
I 2 I R2 I L IC (rms value)

2 2 2
Vrms Vrms Vrms Vrms
Z R X X
L C

2
1 1 1 1

Z R2 X L X C
Let V V0 sin t
V
I 0 sin(t )
Z
1 1

I I X XC
tan L C L
IR 1
R
Current through source lags voltage by .

(C)

XC X L
I I R (rms)
Vrms Vrms

Z R

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ZR
Let V V0 sin t
V
I 0 sin t , 0
Z
Current though source and voltage are in same phase.

## Illustration - 3 For the circuit shown in figure. Current in inductance is

0.8 A while in capacitance is 0.6 A. The current drawn from the source is
x 101. Find the value of x ?

SOLUTION :
In this ac circuit = 0 sin t is applied across an inductance and
capacitance in parallel, current in inductance will lag the applied voltage

while across the capacitor will lead both by
2
I = IL IC (rms)
= 0.8 0.6
2
0.2 x2
10

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## Example - 1 In the given circuit, calculate

(a) capacitive reactance and impedance
(b) maximum and rms current
(c) phase angle and voltages R across and C.
SOLUTION :
1 1
(a) X C 10 VR(rms) = Irms R = 11.6 7 = 81.2 V
C 2 vC
1
Z R 2 X C2 12.2 VC ( rms ) I rms 11.6 10 11.6 10 116 V
C
V 200
(b) peak value of current Total Vrms m 141.5V
2 2
V 200 V
Im m 16.4 A (It can be seen that V2rsm = V2Rrms + V2Crms).
Z 12.2 Note that :
rms value of current V
I (t ) m sin (2 v t )
V I Z
I rms rms or m
Z 2 11
(c) phase angle I(t) = 16.4 sin (3.14t )
36
1 10
tan 1 tan1 55
RC 7
(V lags or I bads by 55)

Example - 2 Find the rms and instantaneous current and voltage across R and L.

SOLUTION :
2 2 2 Z 92 6.282 10.97
Z R L
V 200 / 2
where XL = 100 20 103 = 6.28 is the (a) I rms rms 12.89 A
inductive reactance. Z 10.97

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## V 200 (b) VR(rms) = Irms R = 12.89 9 = 116 V

I peak I m m
Z 10.97 (c) VL(rms) = Irms L = 12.89 6.28 = 80.94 V
18.23 A(or I m I rms 2) 200
V(total ) 141.4 V
2
L 6.28
tan 1 tan 1 35 2 2
(check that Vrms VR L2L )
R 9 rms rms

## V leads or I lags by 55.

I(t) = Im sin (100t 35)
= 18.23 sin (100t 35)

Example - 3 Find :
(a) Instantaneous current I(t)
(b) rms values of I and V across elements
(c) power factor
(d) power input
(e) resonant frequency
(f) impedance, current and power at resonance conditions.
Given that XC = 4, XL = 8.
SOLUTION :
1
(a) Z R 2 ( X L X C )2 (b) I rms m 40 A
2
XL = L = 8 V(rms) = Irms R = 120 V

Z 32 (8 4) 2 5 I
V( rms )C rms 160V
C
1 V(rms) = Irms L = 320 V
XC 4
wC
R X XC
cos 1 tan1 L 53 Check that V(2rms ) R V(2rms ) L Vrms
2
C
Z R
As XL > XC , V leads or I lays by 53 = 200 V = Vrms

## I (t ) I m sin(2 vt ) ( 53) (c) Power factor = cos = cos 53 0.6

(d) Power input = power dissipation
V
m sin(314t ) ( 53) = Vrms Irms cos
Z
84.6sin(314t ) ( 53) = 200 40 0.6 = 4800 W (or I2rms R)

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(e) V0 35.4 Hz Power = Vrms Irms cos = Vrms Irms
2 LC
200 40000
(f) Z0 = R = 3 at resonance 200 W
3 3
V V 200
I rms rms rms A at resonance
Z R 3

## Example - 4 A box P and a coil Q are connected in series with an

AC source. The emf of the source is 10 V. Box P contains a capacitance
of 1F in series with a resistance of 32. Coil Q has a self-inductance
4.9 mH and a resistance of 68 in series. The frequency is adjusted so
that the maximum current flows in P and Q. Find the impedance of P
and Q at this frequency. Also find the voltage across P and Q respec-
tively.
SOLUTION :
As this circuit is a series LCR circuit, current will be 5924 77
maximum at resonance,
12
1 and Z R 2 L 2
i.e, Q 2

LC
12
1 105 10 5 2
68 4.9 103
2
4.9 103 106 7 rad/s

7

V 10 1
with I A 9524 97.6
R 32 68 10
So the impedance, 1
and hence, VP IZ P 77 7.7 N
2
12 10
1
2
Z P R1 1
C and VQ IZQ 97.6 9.76V
10
12
2
2 7
32 106
5
10

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Example - 5 A current of 4A flows in a coil when connected to a 12 V DC source. If the same coil is
connected to a 12 V, 50 rad/s AC source a current of 2.4 A flows in the circuit. Determine the inductance of
the coil. Also find the power developed in the circuit if a 2500 F capacitor is connected in series with the
coil.
SOLUTION :
XL 4
In case of a coil as Z R 2 2 L2 But as X L L, L 0.08
50
V V
i.e., I Now when the capacitor is connected to the above
Z 2 2 2 circuit in series,
R L
So when DC is applied 1 1
As X C
V C 50 2500 106
I
R
103
12 8
i.e., R 3 125
4
and when AC is applied, So, Z R 2 X L X C 2
V
2
I 32 4 8 5
Z
V 12 V 12
i.e., Z 5 and hence, I 2.4 A
I 2.4 Z 5
So, Pav. Vrms I rms cos
or R 2 X L2 52 (As Z R 2 X L2 )
R
So, X L2 52 R 2 52 32 4 2
I rms Z I
rms
Z
2 2
i.e., XL = 4 i.e., Pav. I rms R 2.4 3 17.28W

Example - 6 For a resistance R and capacitance C in series, the impedance is twice that of a parallel
combination of the same elements. What is the frequency of applied emf ?
SOLUTION :
As shown in figure, in case of series combina- 12
2
tion, 2 2 2 1
Zs R X C R
C

In case of parallel combination,
12
1 1 2
1
i.e.,
Z P R 2 X C

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i.e., ZP 2 R 2C 2 1 R2
2 2 2 4
1 C R
2C 2 1 2 R 2C 2
For ZS = 2ZP 1

Z S2 4 Z P2 RC

f
2 RC

## Example - 7 In the given circuit, AC source has 100 rad / s.

Considering the inductor and capacitor to be ideal, find :
(a) The current through the circuit, I
(b) The voltage across 100 resistor
(c) The voltage across 5 resistor
SOLUTION : (C)

V
I2 0.2 2
( L)2 R22
I 2 lags behind V by 45 as L R2 L R2
So I1 leads I 2 by 45 45 90

## I I12 I 22 (0.1 2)2 (0.2 2) 2

V
I1 0.1 2
2 0.1 10 0.316
1 2
R1 P.D. across R1 100 0.1 2 10 2 V
c
P.D. across R2 50 0.2 2 10 2 V
1
I1 Lead V by 45 as R
c

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THINGS TO REMEMBER

1. Most of the electric power generated and used in the world is in the form of a.c. i.e., alternating current. The
magnitude of alternating current changes continuously with time and its direction is reversed periodically. It is
represented by
I I 0 sin t or I I0 cos t
In general,
I I 0 sin(t )
V V0 sin(t )

## 2. Average Current (Mean Current)

As we know an alternating current is given by

i i0 sin(t ) (i)

t
i dt
iavg 0t 0

i dt
0

## 3. R.M.S. Value of Alternating Current

T
2
i dt
i 2avg 0T

dt
0

i
irms 0
2

4. RC Circuit
VR I m R cos t

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VC I m cos t
C 2

1
V (t ) I m R 2 cos(t )
2 2
C

V V 1
Z m rms R 2
I m I rms 2C 2

1
tan 1
RC

5 RL Circuit

VR I m R cos t

VL L I m cos
2

V (t ) I m R 2 2 L2 cos(t )

L
tan 1
R

V V
Z m rms R 2 2 L2
I m I rms

6. LCR Circuit
1
(a) L
C
2
1
V (t ) I m R 2 L cos(t );
C

1
L
tan 1 C
V leads I by .
R

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(b) L
C
2
1
V (t ) I m R 2 L cos(t );
C

1
L
tan 1 C
R V lags behind I by .

1
(c) L
C
V (t ) I m R cos t V and I are in same phase.

2
1 1
Z R2 L or Z R2 L
C C
ZR

I2 2
Pav m R I rms R
2

Pav 0

Pav 0

## 8. Resonance in LCR Circuit

1
When L and Z = R, it is called resonance condition.
L
Resonance Frequency :
1 1
0 v0
LC 2 LC

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## (a) Resonance occurs when

X L XC 0 or 1

LC
V
(b) Current reaches a maximum value of at resonance.
R

V2
(c) Power dissipated is maximum and is rms (current and power are maximum because Z is minimum).
R
2
Vrms Vrms
I rms , P R
Z Z2
(d) Current is in phase with voltage ( 0).

9. Parallel AC Circuits
RC Circuit
I 2 I C2 I R2 (rms values)

V
I m sin(t )
z

1 1 1

2
Z R X c2

tan 1 R c

## 10. L-R Circuit

I 2 I c2 I R2 (rms values)
V
I m sin( t )
z
R
tan 1
L
1 1 1

2
Z R X L2

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## 11. LCR Circuit

(A) IC I L (rms)
V
I 0 sin(t )
Z
1 1

I I X XL
tan C L C
IR 1
R

2
1 1 1 1

Z R2 X C X L

(B) IC I L (rms)
V
I 0 sin(t )
Z
1 1

I I X XC
tan L C L
IR 1
R

2
1 1 1 1

Z R2 X L X C

(C) IC I L (rms)
V
I 0 sin t , 0
Z
Z=R

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