complex waveforms

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by 999life, Jan 23, 2005.

  1. 999life

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I have this question, what effects do complex waveforms have on capacitors, inductors and resistors? It's kind of confused me now, does something magical happen?
  2. beenthere

    Retired Moderator

    Apr 20, 2004

    You have it backwards - it's the effect capacitors and inductors have on complex waveforms that you're looking for.

    Resistors should have no effect. The wirewound kinds will act as inductors, though.

    Capacitors act as frequency variable resistors, whose conduction gets better as the frequency gets higher. Inductors act to increase their impedance (frequency dependant resistance) with increasing frequency. R-C-L networks can have interesting effects on complex waveforms. Digging around, you can find such networks that will convert square pulse trains into numeric characters on a CRT, etc..
  3. Brandon

    Senior Member

    Dec 14, 2004
    You get to use derivitives and integrals in EE finally.