Time‐varying current i_{1}(t) gives rise to the time‐varying flux Φ_{11} that crosses the loop in which the current i_{1} flows. According to Faraday’s law this time‐varying flux crossing the loop induces a voltage in the loop.

We model this by introducing the concept of the self inductance of circuit 1, defined as

Note that the loop inductance is a property of the loop itself and does not depend on the voltage V_{S} or the current i (just like the resistance of a resistor does not depend on the voltage across it or the current through it).

That is, any closed loop will have its own self inductance, whether current flows through it or not. It can, therefore, be represented by the circuit model shown in Figure 10.3.

Now consider the situation where another circuit (with its own self inductance) ...

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