Animation: RLC circuits

The following animation illustrates how an RLC circuit works. RLC circuits play an important role in electronics and electrical engineering. The letters “RLC” also refer to the three basic electrical elements: Resistance (R), Inductance (L) and Capacitance (C). RLC circuits offer a wide range of possible applications in the field of signal processing.

Single R, L, C, LC, RC and RL circuits can also be configured.

Note on use

After starting the application, you can view the animation in full-screen mode. To do this, click on “View” and then on “Full screen”:

To exit full screen mode, press the Esc key.

Description of the animation

The three components (resistor, coil and capacitor) can be configured interactively in the animation. The circuit diagram can be seen in the top left-hand window. Below this is the pointer diagram. The pointer diagram makes it clear how the individual voltage cases can be calculated geometrically. The pointer diagram provides a visual representation of the phase shifts in the circuit. The animation can be used here to explain how the phase shifts change at different frequencies. The curve diagram shows the periodic progression of the partial voltages.

Overview and download

TitelRLC circuits
Target groupTeachers and lecturers
PlatformsMicrosoft® Windows®
Apple® Macintosh®
FeaturesFull screen mode
lossless magnification
Large screens and projection screens supported
DownloadMicrosoft® Windows® (virus-checked)
Apple® Macintosh® (virus-checked)

Note: In the Chrome browser, it is necessary to click on the link with the right mouse button and then select “Save link as”.

Version history

2014-06-01First version
2024-01-11New player application and minor corrections


Technical drawing based on Thomas Rösel:

Authoring tool (control elements supplied): Adobe Animate


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3 thoughts on “Animation: RLC circuits

  1. Wenn ich auf den Download-link klicke passiert leider nichts.
    Können Sie mir bitte weiterhelfen? Diese Animation wäre für mich sehr Hilfreich.

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