tough question

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Joined Nov 6, 2004
Dear folks,

I was asked to find the transmittance using the given parameters: R1,R2,C1,C2 and w, and find the cases in which the transmittance doesn't depend on w.

This is an AC circuit, but first of all, I dont understand how the capactiors play a role in the transmittance x.x

I thought:

T = R1/(R1+R2)

even when this circuit is AC.

help would be appreciated.


Joined Apr 20, 2004

Yes, transmittance leaves me wondering, too. It looks like you're trying to determine the voltage across R2.

The only case where w is not a factor is when the applied voltage is DC. With AC applied, the capacitors become reactive, where Xc = 1/wc. That makes both capacitors appera as if they were resistive elements in parallel with the resistors.

For two resistors in parallel, the product of the resistances over the sum of the resistances will give the equivalent resistance. Use Xc as the value of one resistor, and you get the answer.