Is there a single answer to the following question?

Design a band-pass filter using a parallel resonant circuit to meet the following specifications: \$BW=500Hz, Q=40, I_{C_{max}}=20mA, V_{C_{max}}=2.5V\$.

Full disclosure: this is question 35 on page 655 of Pearson's Electronics Fundamentals 8th Ed.

I posit the following circuit:


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I deduce that: \$f_r = 20kHz\$ because \$f_r = Q . BW\$, \$V_{in} = 2.5V\$ since at resonance the \$LC\$ tank will have infinite impedance and therefore all the input voltage, and therefore \$R = \frac{V_{in}}{20mA} = 125 \Omega\$.

Next I conclude that \$LC = \frac{1}{(2 \pi f_r)^2}\$ from the standard formula \$f_r = \frac{1}{2\pi\sqrt{LC}}\$.

The book gives \$L = 989\mu H, C = 0.064\mu F\$, which satisfies this, but I don't see how they got specific values of \$L\$ and \$C\$.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Why did you equate I(R) with I(Cmax)? I think I(Cmax) at resonance and 2.5V implies an Xc and therefore a C (therefore an L), and then you can arrive at R from the given Q. \$\endgroup\$
    – user16324
    May 17, 2020 at 19:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm thinking that as frequency tends to infinity \$X_L \rightarrow \infty, X_C \rightarrow 0\$ so \$Z \rightarrow R\$, and the circuit becomes equivalent to R and C in series, which implies that they have the same current, \$V_{in}/{R}\$. No? \$\endgroup\$
    – kikazaru
    May 17, 2020 at 19:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ Try this calculator for checking results. I get R to be 5000 ohms if L and C are as per the 1st answer: stades.co.uk/RLC%20filters/RCL%20BPF/RCL%20BPF.html \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy aka
    May 17, 2020 at 20:49

1 Answer 1


Well, first of all we know that:


Now, the resonance frequency is given by:




This implies that:


Now, the voltage across the capacitor is given by:


The maximum occurs when:




This implies that:


The current through the capacitor is given by:


The maximum occurs when:


With the condition that \$\text{L}<2\text{CR}^2\$.



So, now we can solve this problem and we get:

  • For \$\text{R}>125\$: $$\text{L}=\frac{\text{R}}{160\sqrt{2}\pi\sqrt{\text{R}\left(\sqrt{\text{R}^2-15625}+\text{R}\right)}}$$
  • For \$\text{R}>125\$: $$\text{C}=\frac{\sqrt{\frac{\sqrt{\text{R}^2-15625}+\text{R}}{\text{R}}}}{5000000\sqrt{2}\pi}$$
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks! Step (5) is the key for me. But I thought \$I_{C_{max}}\$ would occur as the frequency tends to infinity and \$Z \rightarrow R\$. Is this incorrect? \$\endgroup\$
    – kikazaru
    May 17, 2020 at 20:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ @kikazaru notice that when \$\omega\to\infty\$ that implies that \$\hat{\text{I}}_\text{C}\to\infty\$ which is practially impossible. \$\endgroup\$ May 17, 2020 at 21:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ Doesn't \$R\$ limit the current that can flow through C? \$\endgroup\$
    – kikazaru
    May 18, 2020 at 12:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ @kikazaru Look at my edit. \$\endgroup\$ May 19, 2020 at 9:31

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