# Homework Help: Nodal Analysis Problem

1. Oct 24, 2015

### Ronaldo95163

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3. The attempt at a solution

Hi all.
Our lecturer gave us the question as part of an assignment but i'm not to sure if my approach and answer is correct. I attempted it using a supernode as shown in the picture below:

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2. Oct 24, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

Note that the supernode you've identified is not an essential node -- it's potential is "fixed" by the controlled voltage source tied to the reference node. So you shouldn't write a node equation for it. In fact, there's only one essential node in the whole circuit!
Node v1 is the only essential node.

In your workings you combined the parallel resistors 5||3 at v1. You could also combine the other two 5 and 3 Ohm resistors. Since they are series-connected in a branch, their junction is not an essential node.

Write the node equation for node v1, the only essential node.

3. Oct 24, 2015

### Ronaldo95163

Woa..can't believe I missed those two resistors lol.
Here's my solution.

I used the supernode equations to form relationships with the other node voltages.

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4. Oct 24, 2015

### Ronaldo95163

I have another question I got kinda stuck on in the same assignment as well:
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My first time doing a problem like this so this was my attempt at it.

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5. Oct 24, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

No, once again you're trying to write a node equation for the supernode which isn't an essential node. Do NOT write a node equation for a node tied to the reference node by a voltage source. Such a node is only an extension of the reference node, and we do not write an equation for the reference node.

Write only a node equation for the node v1 that I pointed out (post #2). It's the only essential node in the circuit.

6. Oct 24, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

You should start a new thread with a new problem. It avoids "crosstalk" that can occur in a thread when more than one problem is being addressed at the same time.

7. Oct 24, 2015

### Ronaldo95163

Oh no probs ill make a new thread for that problem
Wrt the first problem here's what I came up with

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For the second eqn it should be 5Ix-5-V1+5Ix-V1=5

Which simplifies to 10=10Ix-2V1

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8. Oct 24, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

You shouldn't need KVL for this problem. One node equation and the constraint equations imposed by Ix and the controlled source and fixed sources should suffice.

9. Oct 24, 2015

### Ronaldo95163

What I can see from the diagram that the pd across the 20ohm resistor is the same as V1 so 20Ix = V1

So a substitution can be made into the node equation tol solve for either V1 or Ix.

Wrt the kvl approach i took...is it incorrect??
If so then why?

10. Oct 24, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

Yup. And since this is nodal analysis you'll want to solve for V1.
If you want to solve with nodal analysis, then you don't do mesh or loop KVL equations. There's no reason to do so.

11. Oct 24, 2015

### Ronaldo95163

Woa thanks a bunch man!
Gonna go check over that second problem now

12. Oct 26, 2015

### Ronaldo95163

Worked it over and this is my final soln:

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13. Oct 26, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

Check your math on the last two lines of calculating Ix. The setup looks good to me, but your final value for Ix looks much too large.

14. Oct 26, 2015

### Ronaldo95163

Woops divided it wrong on my calculator haha thanks man