Electricity and Trigonometry
What is the relation of trigonometry and
electricity? When is it used and how?
You may be thinking of situations involving alternating current. When
reactive devices such as inductors and capacitors are in circuits,
the peaks of current through a circuit element and the voltage across
it may be separated in time. This time shift is represented as a
phase angle and you use trigonometry in the calculations. You might want to
research multi-phase power distribution systems in addition to
inductors and capacitors to see what considerations need to be made
with phasing. Hope this helps.
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Update: June 2012