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Transients in the RC circuit

RC - charging capacitor


To examine the process of charging the capacitor in the RC circuit.
To determine the time constant of the RC circuit and to calculate the charge of the capacitor.

The Honourable Henry Cavendish was born at Nice on October 10, 1731, and died in London on February 4, 1810. His tastes for scientific research and mathematics were formed at Cambridge, where he resided from 1749 to 1753. He created experimental electricity, being the first to introduce concept of electrical resistance and capacitance and was one of the earliest writers to treat chemistry as an exact science.

The process of charging the capacitor in the DC serial connection of R and C is observed by measuring the time dependence of the voltage across the resistor. The U(t) is used for determine the time constant of the RC circuit. The current/time dependence is used for calculation of the charge of the capacitor.

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