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24th January 2008, 11:07 PM  #1 
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Formula question
Ok just have a quick one.
The formula 1/2piRC= 3db point The question I have is do I put in the capacitance is the value in farads or microfarads. If the value is farads is the answer to the formula in hertz ??????? Thanks for the help. Nick 
24th January 2008, 11:14 PM  #2 
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The C is in farads and the answer is in hertz.
The formula I have in my "useful formulas" spreadsheet 1/(2*Pi*R*C)*1,000,000 That way I can put the value in in microfarads since the spreadsheet is designed to use "real world" values and the formula converts it for me.
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24th January 2008, 11:28 PM  #3 
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C in farads, R in ohms. Or R in megohms, C in microfarads. Both give you the answer in Hz.
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25th January 2008, 12:12 AM  #4 
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Gracias
Nick 
5th February 2008, 12:12 AM  #5 
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Wait a sec I missed something before if you use microfarads and megohm is your out come in megahertz?
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5th February 2008, 12:44 AM  #6 
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Hi
As SY said, the answer is still in Hz. The F unit is divided by 1000000 to obtain microF. This 1000000 is multiplied with the R, to obtain the megaR. 100k is 0.1M (ohm). 100nF is 0.1microF. and so on... Good luck, Erik
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5th February 2008, 12:45 PM  #7 
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Ok I was just making sure. I was getting some werd results thars all. I think my problem was I was thinking high pass instead of low.
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5th February 2008, 02:46 PM  #8 
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Reminds me of the early days when a 1mfd marked cap was actually 1uF in disquise ! some dreadful mistakes were made. A true 1mfd cap is quite a different animal.
SY remember this ? r: 
5th February 2008, 04:43 PM  #9 
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Yes, indeed. Especially on cheesy paper caps (which are now all the fashion rage).
Sadly I'm also old enough to remember mmf. And cps. I remember that QST, in one of their April issues (maybe 1967, 1968?), published a nomograph for cps to Hz conversions.
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