18Unlike the charge/hold/discharge capacitor circuit, this inductor demonstration circuit would not function quite as well in real life. Real inductors contain substantial amounts of electrical resistance (R) in addition to inductance (L), which means real inductors have an inherent capacity to dissipate their own store of energy. If a real inductor were placed in a circuit such as this, it would not maintain its store of energy indefinitely in the switch’s “neutral” position as a capacitor would. Realistically, the inductor’s energy would likely dissipate in a matter of milliseconds following the switch to the “neutral” position.