# Definition

#### Antonio

Joined May 29, 2007
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• What is the selectivity of a filter?

• What is the mathematical expression for selectivity? #### Dave

Joined Nov 17, 2003
6,970
What is the selectivity of a filter?
The selectivity of a filter describes the filters ability to pass frequencies of a specified range and reject all other frequencies that may/may be adjacent in the frequency spectrum. It is essentially a performance measurement for a particular filtered channel.

What is the mathematical expression for selectivity?
It is expressed as the ratio of the signal strength of the frequencies passed against the signal strength of a similar frequency on an adjacent frequency which is filtered. It is typically written as decibels (dB).

Dave

#### chesart1

Joined Jan 23, 2006
269
LC circuits are often used as filters; the L/C ratio determines their selectivity. For a series resonant circuit, the higher the inductance and the lower the capacitance, the narrower the filter bandwidth. For a parallel resonant circuit the opposite applies.
[reference: wikipedia]