Since my last post on Engineering-Beta, I have composed a few simple simple circuits involving capacitors(super-caps specifically), resistors and LED's.
The following image is of a branch from a circuit I designed,which highlights the discharge of a capacitor through a resistor and LED. I will be using this as a reference to all my questions:
The moment That I allow current to flow from this circuit, Voltage will begin to drop, and current would begin to drop also. I know that the addition of resistance into the circuit can slow the loss of charge at the capacitor...
I wrote a bunch of stuff regarding all this, but it seems trivial now. Basically, I'm dealing with a rate of change that is not constant, and I'm trying to find precision in my circuit, I would like to be able to calculate the time duration of the discharge but, I believe that:
"Calculus is concerned with things that do not change at a constant rate" -TheMathPage.com
Sum everything up, all I know right now is intermediate algebra, and from all my google searches about this topic, they keep talking about derivatives and calculus. So, how can I figure out the rate of discharge of a capacitor? Or have I answered my own question already?