10.2: The Series Connection


A series connection is always characterized by a single loop or path for current flow. There are no junctions from which current can flow out of or into. Consequently,

$\text{The current is the same everywhere in a series connection.} \nonumber$

Each component in such a loop will see the same current, regardless of whether it is a resistor, capacitor or inductor. Before component voltages can be determined, the capacitive and inductive reactance values must be computed from the capacitor and inductor values, based on the frequency of the driving source. Consequently, if this frequency were to change, the reactances would change, and this would in turn cause changes in the circulating current and component voltages.

10.2: The Series Connection is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by James M. Fiore.