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Inductive Vs. Capacitive discharging

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What is the difference between Inductive & Capacitive discharging ?

I think Capacitor discharges in the opposite direction of its charging. Does it change its polarity ?

And Inductor discharges in the same direction of its charging. Does it change its polarity ?
 

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Assuming charging and discharging paths are different. For capacitor a parallel discharge resistor is there and for Inductor a series discharging resistor is there

A capacitor opposes change in voltage and hence when the supply path is removed it tries to maintain the same voltage and thus current direction is reversed if it starts to discharge. The capacitor does not change its polarity. It just discharges from the initial value of potential towards zero.

An inductor opposes any change in current and hence to maintain this it changes polarity...
 

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Capacitor => Voltage polarity same,
....................Current Polarity Reversed.
Inductor ==> Voltage polarity reverses,
.....................Current Polarity remain same.

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A capacitor obviously stores electrical charges. An inductor doesn't. I can't see a reasonable meaning of the term discharging related to inductors.
 

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