# Would like to check my answer on this problem.

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by jimmeh, Dec 3, 2011.

1. ### jimmeh Thread Starter New Member

Dec 2, 2011
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The Question States:

The switch is in position x for a long time before moving to position y at t=0.
Find the expression for V1(t) at t≥0.

First I found v0(t) using voltage divider. at t<0 where the capacitor is an open circuit.

Then at t>0 I used T= RC and did 1/T
Therefore:
vo(t) = vo(0)*e^-t/T

Then I just said that vo(t) = v1(t) at t>o where the capacitor beneath the switch is now a short circuit because they are in parallel is that correct?

Thanks

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2. ### Vahe Member

Mar 3, 2011
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First you find the voltage across the capacitor at just before the switching occurs

Right after the switching occurs at , the capacitor voltage stays that same, that is

The capacitor voltage for is given by

where where is the Thevenin resistance "seen" by the capacitor for ; therefore, .

The final solution for is

I think this is pretty much what you had but you did not provide any numerical results. For example, if you just write for the time constant it is not clear which resistance you are referring to. So just be a little more clear with that. I know which one you meant but most graders don't want to assume anything and will not try to read your mind.

Best regards,
Vahe

3. ### syed_husain Well-Known Member

Aug 24, 2009
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your process seems right. but can you explain why do you think it is shorted ? as i understand, at t >0, the capacitor acts like a DC voltage source dissipating its stored energy through 100 kΩ resistor. it is not shorted. and it can be viewed both as parallel and series.

let me know if my understanding is wrong.