RLC Circuits

In this lab, students will learn about RLC circuits. These circuits consist of a resistor (R), inductor (L), and capacitor (C) wired in series, parallel, or any combination of the two. RLC circuits are oscillators, meaning that they produce a periodic, oscillating electronic signal. Each RLC circuit has its own resonant frequency, an input frequency at which the circuit exhibits distinctive behavior. For this lab, students will be given an RLC circuit and asked to calculate its resonant frequency. They will then build that circuit with the NI ELVIS III to observe how it behaves and confirm its resonant frequency using the Bode analyzer.

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This is lab 8 of 10 in the course, Introduction to Circuits.


After completing this lab, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the purpose and behavior of RLC circuits.
  2. Calculate the resonant frequency of an RLC circuit.
  3. Measure and confirm the resonant frequency using instrumentation.


  • Basic proficiency using Multisim Live
  • Basic proficiency using ELVIS III Instruments
  • Basic knowledge of breadboarding
  • Basic knowledge of components and their behaviors


Engineering laboratory solution for project-based learning that combines instrumentation and embedded design with a web-driven experience, delivering a greater understanding of engineering fundamentals and system design.

TI Analog Parts Kit for NI ELVIS III

A set of components for circuits and electronics education provided by Texas Instruments which includes all components and building blocks of any introductory electronics laboratories.

Multisim Live

Multisim Live is an online, touch-optimized component of Multisim, so students can design and simulate their circuits anywhere, anytime, on any device.

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