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Homework Help: Kirchoff's Laws Loop Problem

  1. Sep 12, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The circuit in the figure is composed of two batteries (ε1 = 8 V and ε2 = 5 V) and four resistors (R1 = 110 Ω, R2 = 40 Ω, R3 = 50 Ω, and R4 = 50 Ω) as shown.

    Image: See Attachment
    OR: https://smart.physics.illinois.edu/images/phys102/Homework/03/cir06.gif

    2. Relevant equations

    I1=I4=I2+I3
    E1-I1R1-I3R3-I4R4=0
    E1-I1R1-I2R2-E2-I4R4=0

    3. The attempt at a solution

    First Equation: 8-110(I1)-50(I3)-50(I4)=0
    Sub I4=I1 -> 8-160(I1)-50(I3)=0
    Second Equation: 8-110(I1)-40(I2)-5-50(I4)=0
    Sub I4=I1 -> 3-160(I1)-40(I2)=0
    Sub I2=I1-I3 -> 160(I1)+40(I1)-40(I3)=3

    Compare two equations:

    160(I1)+50(I3)=8
    200(I1)-40(I3)=3

    The answers I got for I1 and I3 arent the correct answers. I've been working on this problem for awhile and am getting frustrated. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Doug
     

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    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 26, 2017
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 12, 2011 #2
    bump please
     
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