
Parallel Conducting Plates  Solenoid  



Definition of Capacitance  Analogous Definition?  

For discussion today...  
Electrical Energy Stored  Magnetic Energy Stored?  

For discussion next class... 
We have already seen that changing magnetic flux will induce current in a closed loop. If the current in coil #1 below is changed, the magnetic field that it creates will change. Thus the magnetic flux in coil 2 will change and a current will be induced in that loop as a result. These coils are said to be linked magnetically and are said to have a mutual inductance.
What if the two coils above were part of a single coil? A change in current in that coil will also induce an emf in that same coil by Faraday's law. This is known an selfinduction and we will focus our attention on selfinductance today (rather than mutual inductance).
The concept of flux linkage is useful when considering multiple identical turns; that is, N identical turns linked by the same magnetic flux. For N identical turns, Faraday's law becomes
where the quantity in parentheses is the socalled flux linkage.
Charge Separation on Two Conductors  Flux Linked by Identical Turns  
Regardless of size, shape and geometric arrangement of two conductors, the charge separation (charge moved from one conductor to another while maintaining no net charge) is always observed to be proportional to the potential difference between the two conductors. The capacitance is defined to be the proportionality constant. 
Regardless of size and shape of conducting turns, the flux linkage coupling the turns is always observed to be proportional to the current in the loops. The selfinductance is defined to be the proportionality constant. 

Definition of Capacitance  Definition of Inductance  


Any portion of a circuit involving flux linkage may be assigned an inductance; such a device is known as an inductor. In subsequent classes we will investigate means of evaluating inductance, which involves the geometric factors of the "coil" configuration. Today we will focus our remaining attention on some of the circuit behavior of inductors.
For the time being, recognize that Faraday's law for an inductor (with constant inductance) may be rewritten as:
A self emf is induced in an inductor whenever the current changes. The negative sign is still Lenz's law; that is, the direction of the selfinduced emf will oppose the change in current.
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Last updated April 21, 1998.
Copyright George Watson, Univ. of Delaware, 1997.