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I have the circuit whose LTSPICE text is given below. The voltage
sources and voltage controlled switches are only there to set the
initial voltages on the capacitors. Thus the circuit of interest
consists of two capacitors and two resistors.

I've been trying to determine an equation that describes the voltage on
C2 as it varies with time, but with my limited mathematical skill,
haven't been able to. I end up with differential equations that contain
the voltage on C1 as well, in a way that I can't substitute for.

Any thoughts?

Sylvia.

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Re: RC analysis
On 2/04/2014 3:40 PM, Sylvia Else wrote:

Actually, never mind. It involves solving simultaneous differential
equations. I'll just have to read up on that.

Sylvia.

Re: RC analysis

Or get into the S-domain and use Laplace maths, which should get
you some time domain equation at the end. Don't ask me the
details though, its been a long time

Re: RC analysis
wrote:

Yep, that's the correct way.

Replace C's with an impedance value 1/(Cs), where "s" is the Laplace
variable, then simply write a transfer V(OUT)/V(IN)

You'll get a second order equation which must be partial-fraction
expanded, then you can write down the time domain by observation.

I do it automatically... trying to explain it is hard :-(

I'll look for a write-up... must have it around here somewhere.

The technique, BTW, is courtesy of Oliver Heaviside... not Laplace.

...Jim Thompson
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Re: RC analysis
Jim Thompson

I remember Heaviside being mentioned occasionally in maths
class in college. I just looked him up in wiki. What a
character, and to think he coined words like impedance and
permeativity.

Re: RC analysis
wrote:

Yep.  Neat fellow.  Lots of engineering short-hand techniques from
him.

...Jim Thompson
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