**Question:**

An *LC *circuit contains a 20 mH inductor and a 50 μF capacitor with an initial charge of 10 mC. The resistance of the circuit is negligible. Let the instant the circuit is closed be *t *= 0.

(a) What is the total energy stored initially? Is it conserved during *LC *oscillations?

(b) What is the natural frequency of the circuit?

(c) At what time is the energy stored

(i) completely electrical (i.e., stored in the capacitor)? (ii) completely magnetic (i.e., stored in the inductor)?

(d) At what times is the total energy shared equally between the inductor and the capacitor?

(e) If a resistor is inserted in the circuit, how much energy is eventually dissipated as heat?

**Solution:**

Inductance of the inductor, *L* = 20 mH = 20 × 10−3 H

Capacitance of the capacitor, *C* = 50 μF = 50 × 10−6 F

Initial charge on the capacitor, *Q* = 10 mC = 10 × 10−3 C

(a) Total energy stored initially in the circuit is given as:

$E=\frac{1}{2} \frac{Q^{2}}{C}$

$=\frac{\left(10 \times 10^{-3}\right)^{2}}{2 \times 50 \times 10^{-6}}=1 \mathrm{~J}$

Hence, the total energy stored in the *LC *circuit will be conserved because there is no resistor connected in the circuit.

(b)Natural frequency of the circuit is given by the relation,

$v=\frac{1}{2 \pi \sqrt{L C}}$

$=\frac{1}{2 \pi \sqrt{20 \times 10^{-3} \times 50 \times 10^{-6}}}$

$=\frac{10^{3}}{2 \pi}=159.24 \mathrm{~Hz}$

Natural angular frequency,

$\omega_{r}=\frac{1}{\sqrt{L C}}$

$=\frac{1}{\sqrt{20 \times 10^{-3} \times 50 \times 10^{-6}}}=\frac{1}{\sqrt{10^{-6}}}=10^{3} \mathrm{rad} / \mathrm{s}$

Hence, the natural frequency of the circuit is 103 rad/s.

(c) (i) For time period $\left(T=\frac{1}{V}=\frac{1}{159.24}=6.28 \mathrm{~ms}\right)$, total charge on the capacitor at time $t, Q^{\prime}=Q \cos \frac{2 \pi}{T} t$

For energy stored is electrical, we can write $Q^{\prime}=Q$.

Hence, it can be inferred that the energy stored in the capacitor is completely electrical at time, $t=0, \frac{T}{2}, T, \frac{3 T}{2}, \ldots \ldots .$

(ii) Magnetic energy is the maximum when electrical energy, *Q*′ is equal to 0.

Hence, it can be inferred that the energy stored in the capacitor is completely magnetic at time, $t=\frac{T}{4}, \frac{3 T}{4}, \frac{5 T}{4} \ldots \ldots .$

(d) *Q*1 = Charge on the capacitor when total energy is equally shared between the capacitor and the inductor at time *t*.

When total energy is equally shared between the inductor and capacitor, the energy stored in the capacitor $=\frac{1}{2}$ (maximum energy).

$\Rightarrow \frac{1}{2} \frac{\left(Q^{1}\right)^{2}}{C}=\frac{1}{2}\left(\frac{1}{2} \frac{Q^{2}}{C}\right)=\frac{1}{4} \frac{Q^{2}}{C}$

$Q^{1}=\frac{Q}{\sqrt{2}}$

$\operatorname{But} Q^{1}=Q \cos \frac{2 \pi}{T} t$

$\frac{Q}{\sqrt{2}}=Q \cos \frac{2 \pi}{T} t$

$\cos \frac{2 \pi}{T} t=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}=\cos (2 n+1) \frac{\pi}{4}$ where $n=0,1,2, \ldots . .$

$t=(2 n+1) \frac{T}{8}$

Hence, total energy is equally shared between the inductor and the capacity at time,

$t=\frac{T}{8}, \frac{3 T}{8}, \frac{5 T}{8} \ldots \ldots$

(e) If a resistor is inserted in the circuit, then total initial energy is dissipated as heat energy in the circuit. The resistance damps out the *LC* oscillation.

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