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RLC Series Circuit: At Large and Small Frequencies; Phasor Diagram
Response of an RLC circuit depends on the driving frequency—at large enough frequencies, inductive (capacitive) term dominates.
Learning Objective

Distinguish behavior of RLC series circuits as large and small frequencies
Key Points
 RLC circuits can be described by the (generalized) Ohm's law. As for the phase, when a sinusoidal voltage is applied, the current lags the voltage by a 90º phase in a circuit with an inductor, while the current leads the voltage by 90∘ in a circuit with a capacitor.
 At large enough frequencies
$(\nu \gg \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi LC}})$ , the circuit is almost equivalent to an AC circuit with just an inductor. Therefore, the rms current will be Vrms/XL, and the current lags the voltage by almost 90∘.  At small enough frequencies
$(\nu \ll \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi LC}})$ , the circuit is almost equivalent to an AC circuit with just a capacitor. Therefore, the rms current will be given as V_{rms}/X_{C,} and the current leads the voltage by almost 90^{∘}.
Terms

resonance
The increase in the amplitude of an oscillation of a system under the influence of a periodic force whose frequency is close to that of the system's natural frequency.

Lenz's law
A law of electromagnetic induction that states that an electromotive force, induced in a conductor, is always in such a direction that the current produced would oppose the change that caused it; this law is a form of the law of conservation of energy.

rms
Root mean square: a statistical measure of the magnitude of a varying quantity.
Full Text
In previous Atoms we learned how an RLC series circuit, as shown in , responds to an AC voltage source. By combining Ohm's law (I_{rms}=V_{rms}/Z; I_{rms} and V_{rms} are rms current and voltage) and the expression for impedance Z, from:
Series RLC Circuit
A series RLC circuit: a resistor, inductor and capacitor (from left).
we arrived at:
From the equation, we studied resonance conditions for the circuit. We also learned the phase relationships among the voltages across resistor, capacitor and inductor: when a sinusoidal voltage is applied, the current lags the voltage by a 90º phase in a circuit with an inductor, while the current leads the voltage by 90^{∘} in a circuit with a capacitor. Now, we will examine the system's response at limits of large and small frequencies.
At Large Frequencies
At large enough frequencies
At Small Frequencies
The impedance Z at small frequencies
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Key Term Reference
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 atom
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 capacitor
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 circuit
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 current
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 frequency
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 impedance
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 inductor
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Source: Boundless. “RLC Series Circuit: At Large and Small Frequencies; Phasor Diagram.” Boundless Physics. Boundless, 08 Aug. 2016. Retrieved 30 Sep. 2016 from https://www.boundless.com/physics/textbooks/boundlessphysicstextbook/inductionaccircuitsandelectricaltechnologies22/accircuits162/rlcseriescircuitatlargeandsmallfrequenciesphasordiagram5826286/