I am working on a circuit:


simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab

My goal is to find \$ \omega_0, \beta, \$ and \$\varrho \$

The way I approached this problem was to first find the transfer function \$\frac{V_{out}}{V_{in}}\$.


  • \$I_1=I_2+I_3+I_4\$


  • \$I_1=\frac{V_{in}-V{out}}{100000}\$

  • \$I_2=\frac{V_{out}}{\frac{1}{s\cdot c}}\$

  • \$I_3=\frac{V_{out}}{s \cdot l}\$

  • \$I_4=\frac{V_{out}}{400000}\$

  • \$H(s)=\frac{V_{out}}{V_{in}}\$

My result for the transfer function is as follows:

\$\mathcal{H}(s)=\frac{50000 \cdot s}{s^2+62500 \cdot s + 1000000000000}\tag1\$

My approach from here is to 1. Take the magnitude of this function, then find \$\omega_c\$ by substituting \$j\omega\$ in for s. From here set the magnitude of the transfer function equal to \$\frac{\mathcal{H}_{max}}{\sqrt{2}}\$ Once I have the cutoff equations then I can find \$\beta\$

I've tried the following

\$| \mathcal{H}(s)| = \frac{\sqrt{(50000 \cdot w)^2}}{\sqrt{(62500 \cdot w)^2 + (-w^2 + 1000000000000)^2}}\tag2\$

$$\mathcal{H}_{max} = \frac{R_L}{R+R_L}$$


$$\frac{\sqrt{(50000 \cdot w)^2}}{\sqrt{(62500 \cdot w)^2 + (-w^2 + 1000000000000)^2}}=\frac{\frac{R_L}{R+R_L}}{\sqrt{2}}$$

$$\omega = 31250 \cdot (5 \cdot \sqrt{41}\pm1)\tag3$$

I can find \$\omega_0\$ by taking the derivative of the magnitude =0 with respect to \$\omega\$

  • \$\begingroup\$ Your transfer function is not correct. You have a parallel RLC circuit (band-reject filter), but you have the transfer function of a series RLC circuit (bandpass filter). \$\endgroup\$ – Sean M Nov 12 '18 at 20:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @sean M Strange I found the transfer function by solving the circuit, then dividing \$\frac{V_{out}}{V_{in}}\$. I edited my original question to show this. I am not sure how to add current to my circuit through the simulator \$\endgroup\$ – Arthur Green Nov 12 '18 at 21:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Sean M When I use that method, I get \$\frac{20000000000 \cdot s}{s^2+20080000000 \cdot s + 1000000000000}\$ as my transfer function \$\endgroup\$ – Arthur Green Nov 12 '18 at 21:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ I've moved my comment to the answers. \$\endgroup\$ – Sean M Nov 12 '18 at 21:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ You seem to be trying to find \$\omega_0\$ in the longest way possible. Remember that the critical frequency is where the magnitude of the impedances of the capacitor and inductor are equal to each other, and then you should be able to get the critical frequency using a single formula. \$\endgroup\$ – Sean M Nov 13 '18 at 1:26

The easiest way to get the transfer function is realizing that the circuit is essentially a voltage divider, $$V_{out} = V_{in}\frac{Z}{R+Z}$$ and just solving for $$\frac{V_{out}}{V_{in}}=\frac{Z}{R+Z}$$

where Z is the impedance of your RLC combination. Once you have that completed, you would plug in your "cutoff" frequency, and reduce your transfer function to a manageable form of $$H(s)=\alpha+s\beta$$ which is possible.

Hint: $$s^2=-\omega^2$$

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you. I have gotten a new transfer function using the voltage divider \$\frac{20000000000 \cdot s}{s^2+20080000000 \cdot s + 1000000000000}\$ \$\endgroup\$ – Arthur Green Nov 12 '18 at 21:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ I see, now I should plug \$ \omega \$ in for s and $$s^2=-\omega^2$$ \$\endgroup\$ – Arthur Green Nov 12 '18 at 21:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ That's still not correct. I suspect you're summing the RLC impedances as if they are in series, but you need to sum them in parallel. And \$s = j\omega\$. \$\endgroup\$ – Sean M Nov 12 '18 at 21:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ my original transfer function is correct. \$\endgroup\$ – Arthur Green Nov 12 '18 at 22:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ You're right, I was mixing up my transfer functions. That's what I get for trying to answer questions and being at my job at the same time I suppose. \$\endgroup\$ – Sean M Nov 12 '18 at 22:50

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