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I was studying for a differential equations class and came upon some information about $RLC$ circuits. I know the $R$ stands for resistance (makes sense) and $C$ stands for capacitor (this also makes sense to me). So why does $L$ stand for the inductor, as opposed to the letter $I$ (or any other letter)?
After some preliminary searches, all I could turn up was that $L$ stood for the inductance (roughly speaking). I noticed the units here were "henrys" so I thought it might be related to the name of the person that the units were named for, but this turned up Joseph Henry. Alas, I'm left wondering...
Why is the letter $L$ used to represent an inductor in $RLC$ circuits?