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**gourish****Member**- Registered: 2013-05-28
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if current i=3 sin Δ t + 4 cos Δ t

then the root mean square value of current is....

can anybody tell me a way to answer this using either calculus or a rough graph?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Just a question. This delta function, is a Dirac delta function, an impulse function or just a straight difference operator?

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**gourish****Member**- Registered: 2013-05-28
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actually i didn't find the omega symbol which is generally used for the angular frequency of a wave so i used so treat it as a constant....

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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If it is a constant then why not use the continuous formula for RMS?

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**gourish****Member**- Registered: 2013-05-28
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well it depends on the time "t" so it's not a constant value the current is a function of time... generally if current i was given by

i= I cos (omega)t i know that I is the maximum value of current and find the RMS as I/root(2) which is not the case for this function.... i seem bit silly but i feel differentiating might help but i am not sure about it...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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There are some formulas here,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root_mean_square

which do you think applies?

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**gourish****Member**- Registered: 2013-05-28
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well that's the problem i don't know it's a combination of both sine wave and cosine wave... if we could maybe make them turn into either a sine wave or cosine wave we will find the rms value... i differentiated the equation and found that the current is maximum at tan θ =3/4 and plugged in the values into the original equation i am guessing the rms value is 5/root(2) but i am not sure....

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**gourish****Member**- Registered: 2013-05-28
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thanks bobbym... your link helped i used the rms total=sqroot {rms1^2+rms2^2} where rms1 is 3/root(2) and rms2 is 4/root(2) so i ended up with the same answer 5/root(2)...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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What did you get as a maxima?

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**gourish****Member**- Registered: 2013-05-28
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well maxima was at tan θ =3/4 but the link that you gave had the required formula to find the actual rms of the equation so it's really necessary

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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What did you maximize?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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This might help:

where tan alpha = 3/4

This uses the compound angle formula http://www.mathsrevision.net/advanced-l … e-formulae

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**gourish****Member**- Registered: 2013-05-28
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bob bundy the same thing is achieved even by calculus and bobbym i differentiated the current with respect to time and set the resulting equation to zero and found tan theta = 3/4

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I am not following you. I am getting as maximum of a bit more than 5.

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**gourish****Member**- Registered: 2013-05-28
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well i=3 sin Δ t + 4 cos Δ t differentiate this with respect to time (after all it's a wave which is variable in space with time) doing this i get diff(i) w.r.t.time = 3cosΔt-4sinΔt

for maxima diff(i) w.r.t.time=0 so 3cosΔt-4sinΔt=0

which gives tanΔt=3/4 now we can put it back into the original equation to find the answer to my question which is what i did

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