Calculating Amperes for converging electrical pathway

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In summary, the question involves a diagram with one arrow of 10 amperes splitting into three pathways with two labels of 4 and 6 amperes. The student was unsure of what equations to use and the only answer they could guess was zero. They requested a diagram and clarification on the direction of the arrows. The solution involves using Kirchhoff's current law (KCL).
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Homework Statement

Question shows one arrow with 10 amperes heading in one direction, which splits into three different pathways. having two labels of 4 and 6 amperes.

Homework Equations

To be honest I don't know what equations I would use; the courseware really wasn't much help.

The Attempt at a Solution

The only answer I could guess was zero.

Obama said:

Homework Statement

Question shows one arrow with 10 amperes heading in one direction, which splits into three different pathways. having two labels of 4 and 6 amperes.

Homework Equations

To be honest I don't know what equations I would use; the courseware really wasn't much help.

The Attempt at a Solution

The only answer I could guess was zero.
Were direction arrows given for the 4 and 6 ampere currents?

No angles were given; they just point away from the first arrow

Some form of a diagram would be a big help.

Obama said:
No angles were given; they just point away from the first arrow

Angles? The arrows should parallel the wires that they are associated with. They will show the direction that the current flows in the given wire. If you have those directions, then investigate Kirchhoff's current law (KCL) in your notes.

Attached is the diagram for the question, I need to find the value of "I". Thanks

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Obama said:
Attached is the diagram for the question, I need to find the value of "I". Thanks

Did you investigate KCL?

Yeah, I just got it, thanks !

1. How do I calculate the amperes for a converging electrical pathway?

To calculate the amperes for a converging electrical pathway, you will need to use Ohm's Law, which states that amperes (I) equals voltage (V) divided by resistance (R). This formula can be represented as I = V/R. You will also need to take into account the individual resistances of each component in the pathway.

2. What factors affect the amperes in a converging electrical pathway?

The amperes in a converging electrical pathway can be affected by several factors, including the voltage, the resistance of each component, and the total number of components in the pathway. Additionally, the type of material used in the components, temperature, and any external factors such as humidity can also impact the amperes.

3. Can I use the same formula to calculate amperes for a diverging electrical pathway?

Yes, the same formula (I = V/R) can be used to calculate the amperes for both converging and diverging electrical pathways. However, you will need to adjust the formula to account for the different resistances in each pathway. For a diverging pathway, the total resistance will decrease as the current splits into multiple branches.

4. How do I determine the resistance of a specific component in the pathway?

The resistance of a component in a pathway can be determined by using a multimeter to measure the voltage and current across the component. Then, you can use Ohm's Law (R = V/I) to calculate the resistance. Alternatively, you can refer to the manufacturer's specifications for the component's resistance.

5. Is there a maximum limit for the amperes in a converging electrical pathway?

Yes, there is a maximum limit for the amperes in a converging electrical pathway. This limit is determined by the capacity of the power source and the maximum current rating of the components in the pathway. Exceeding this limit can result in damage to the components and potential safety hazards.

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