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Resonance in RLC Circuits
Resonance is the tendency of a system to oscillate with greater amplitude at some frequencies—in an RLC series circuit, it occurs at
Learning Objective

Compare resonance characteristics of higher and lowerresistance circuits
Key Points
 Resonance condition of an RLC series circuit can be obtained by equating X_{L} and X_{C}, so that the two opposing phasors cancel each other.
 At resonance, the effects of the inductor and capacitor cancel, so that Z=R, and I_{rms} is a maximum.
 Higherresistance circuits do not resonate as strongly compared to lowerresistance circuits, nor would they be as selective in, for example, a radio receiver.
Terms

rms
Root mean square: a statistical measure of the magnitude of a varying quantity.

impedance
A measure of the opposition to the flow of an alternating current in a circuit; the aggregation of its resistance, inductive and capacitive reactance. Represented by the symbol Z.

reactance
The opposition to the change in flow of current in an alternating current circuit, due to inductance and capacitance; the imaginary part of the impedance.
Full Text
Resonance is the tendency of a system to oscillate with greater amplitude at some frequencies than at others. Frequencies at which the response amplitude is a relative maximum are known as the system's resonance frequencies. To study the resonance in an RLC circuit, as illustrated below, we can see how the circuit behaves as a function of the frequency of the driving voltage source.
RLC Series Circuit
An RLC series circuit with an AC voltage source. f is the frequency of the source.
Combining Ohm's law, I_{rms}=V_{rms}/Z, and the expression for impedance Z from
where I_{rms} and V_{rms} are rms current and voltage, respectively. The reactances vary with frequency
At some intermediate frequency
The receiver in a radio is an RLC circuit that oscillates best at its
Current vs. Frequency
A graph of current versus frequency for two RLC series circuits differing only in the amount of resistance. Both have a resonance at f0, but that for the higher resistance is lower and broader. The driving AC voltage source has a fixed amplitude V0.
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Source: Boundless. “Resonance in RLC Circuits.” Boundless Physics. Boundless, 20 May. 2016. Retrieved 24 May. 2016 from https://www.boundless.com/physics/textbooks/boundlessphysicstextbook/inductionaccircuitsandelectricaltechnologies22/accircuits162/resonanceinrlccircuits5863035/