Electric Quantities [Derivative Question]

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by kn336a, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. kn336a

    Thread Starter New Member

    Feb 7, 2011
    The question states:

    The charge entering a certain circuit element is found to be q=5t*e^((-10^3)*t) C. (a) Find the corresponding current i. (b) Find the instant t [greater than or equal to] 0 at which i is minimum, as well as Imin.

    For part (a) I just took the derivative and got I=(5-5000*t)*e^(-1000t)

    The answer for part b is 2ms, -0.677 A

    I plugged those numbers in and got the same result, but I'm just wondering how they figured out it was 2 ms

  2. Georacer


    Nov 25, 2009
    Try finding the derivative of the current. In the point where it is zero, it will have either a maximum or a minimum. Since you know you are looking for a minimum, you can stop there.

    If you want to be more specific, you can try to find the value ofsecond derivative of the current on the same point. If it is positive, you have a minimum. If it is negative, you have a maximum.