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Circuit Analysis

  1. Mar 14, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Find v1, v2, v3
    Must be done with nodal analysis

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    So i started by saying i1 = v2/4, i = v1/2, i3 = v3/3
    i + i1 + i2 = 0

    I am not really sure to what to do from here, i cant seem to come across the right solution, the answer given in the book is v1=3.043, v2=-6.956, v3=0.6522

    Any help would be much appreciated

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  3. Mar 14, 2012 #2


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    The problem says to use nodal analysis. You haven't written any complete nodal equations.

    Hint: The nodes designated by V1, V2, and V3 are all separated by voltage sources. This implies that you can treat all three nodes as one supernode. Write the nodal equation for the supernode by referencing v1, and note that i = v1/2Ω. (v2 = v1 - 10V; v3 = v1 - 10V + 5i).
  4. Mar 14, 2012 #3
    So is my nodal equation with the super node i + i1 + i2 = 0 ?
    The branch including the 6 ohm resister is negligible since it theoretically exits the node and enters it as well?
    Using this, I ended up solving for v1, but ended up finding v1 = 0, so I must be going in the wrong direction
  5. Mar 14, 2012 #4


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    That is true.
    Node equations involve the node voltages and the resistances connected between nodes (including the reference, or "ground" node). You shouldn't need to designate any particular current as "i1", or "i2", etc. The exception here is that the current given the label "i" is important for the dependent voltage source. You should be able to replace it with a node branch current expression (v1/2).
  6. Mar 14, 2012 #5
    Okay thank you, I worked to the right answer. Thank you again
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