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Comparing Inductors and Capacitors
Sat Mar 11 11:39:13 PST 2000
Stores flux in a magnetic field
Has a current through it
The larger the inductor, the more flux it can store for each amp going through it
If it has a current going through it, and you disconnect it from the circuit, it makes a spark. Another way of saying this is that it dumps its energy into an open circuit.
Can be used to smooth out current
Stores charge in an electric field
Has a voltage across it
The larger the capacitor, the more charge it can store for each volt across it
If it is storing a charge, and you put a wire across it, it makes a spark. Another way of saying this is that it dumps its energy into a short circuit.
Can be used to smooth out voltages