Linear Circuits 1 - 25 - Inductors, Part 1

What are inductors? How do they work? What do differential equations have to do with all this?
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (21 ratings)
1,458 students
47min of on-demand video
English [Auto]

What are inductors?
How do inductors work?


  • High School or College Physics
  • Calculus 1 Would Be Extremely Helpful


Day 25 of Linear Circuits.  Inductors are one of the three passive circuit components (along with resistors and capacitors).  However, their operation and behavior is often shrouded in mystery.  We take a look at what inductors are and how they work at the component level.  This will prepare us to solve circuits with inductors in our future lessons.

The material covers all of the lecture material from an twenty-fifth lecture in a traditional, sophomore-level linear circuits class.

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner Engineering and Physics Students


2019 ASEE Engineering Professor of the Year
Mark Budnik
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 4,501 Reviews
  • 80,733 Students
  • 31 Courses

Mark Budnik is a 30+ year veteran of the electronics industry and academia.  He holds the position of Teaching Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University.  He has won numerous institution, regional, and national teaching awards including the 2019 American Society for Engineering Education Outstanding Teacher Medal and the 2015 Disney's Inspiring Brilliance Award.

Brandt Professor of Engineering, Valparaiso University
Mark M. Budnik
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 4,455 Reviews
  • 80,730 Students
  • 30 Courses

Mark M. Budnik is the Paul H. Brandt Professor of Engineering at Valparaiso University. He received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and his master of science and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

Prior to joining the faculty at Valparaiso University in 2006, Mark worked in the semiconductor industry, culminating as a Staff Engineer and the Director of White Goods and Motor Control at Hitachi Semiconductor. In these roles, he had a unique opportunity to work closely with a diverse customer base to identify and establish a number of best practices in embedded systems education.

In his career, he received multiple educational awards from academia and industry including ST Microelectronics, National Semiconductor, Hitachi Semiconductor, Valparaiso University, and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Most recently, Mark was an ASEE Section Outstanding Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the 2015 ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Award.

Mark is the author of more than fifty book chapters, journal articles, and conference proceedings and the recipient of five best paper/presentation awards. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design.

Top companies trust Udemy

Get your team access to Udemy's top 16,000+ courses