In the first part of this book, we examined various mechanical systems. In this chapter, we will study what appears to be a very different type of system—electrical circuits, which have three primary passive elements: resistors, capacitors, and inductors. These elements may seem quite different than the mechanical elements we studied previously: dampers, springs, and masses. However, we will see that there are mathematical analogies between the electrical and mechanical elements that make their behavior nearly identical. Therefore, all of the mathematical tools that we have developed for mechanical systems are directly applicable to the analysis of electrical systems.
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