## Inductors

An *inductor* can be made physically using a coil of wire, and it
stores magnetic flux when a current flows through it. Figure E.2
shows a circuit in which a resistor is in series with the parallel
combination of a capacitor and inductor .

The defining equation of an inductor is

where denotes the inductor's stored magnetic flux at time , is the inductance in

*Henrys*(H), and is the

*current*through the inductor coil in

*Amperes*(A), where an Ampere is a Coulomb (of electric charge) per second. Differentiating with respect to time gives

where is the voltage across the inductor in volts. Again, the current is taken to be positive when flowing from plus to minus through the inductor.

Taking the Laplace transform of both sides gives

Assuming a zero initial current in the inductor at time 0, we have

*driving-point impedance*of the inductor is . Like the capacitor, it can be analyzed in steady state (initial conditions neglected) as a simple resistor with value Ohms.

#### Mechanical Equivalent of an Inductor is a Mass

The mechanical analog of an inductor is a *mass*. The voltage
across an inductor corresponds to the force used to
accelerate a mass . The current through in the inductor
corresponds to the velocity
of the mass. Thus,
Eq.(E.4) corresponds to *Newton's second law* for an ideal mass:

*acceleration*of the mass .

From the defining equation for an inductor [Eq.(E.3)], we
see that the stored magnetic flux in an inductor is analogous to mass
times velocity, or *momentum*. In other words, magnetic flux may
be regarded as electric-charge momentum.

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