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Nodal analysis

  1. Jul 18, 2010 #1
    [PLAIN]http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/2437/elect2.png [Broken]
    I'm just wondering where I have to put the reference node in this circuit when doing nodal analysis.
     
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  3. Jul 18, 2010 #2

    The Electrician

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    You can use any node you like to be the reference, but there will probably a certain convenience if you choose the bottom right node.
     
  4. Jul 18, 2010 #3
    If I chose the corner to the left of the 2400ohm resistor that wouldn't work would it?
     
  5. Jul 18, 2010 #4

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    That would work, but I would slide the 2400 ohm resistor clockwise around the left hand loop and absorb it into the 3600 ohm resistor, replacing the 3600 ohm resistor with a 6000 o0hm resistor, and deleting the 2400 ohm resistor. Then the bottom node makes the most sense to use for the reference node.
     
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  6. Jul 18, 2010 #5
    You can use any node by using KVL and KCL rules.
    You would probably come up with two simultaneous equations which I would prefer using some math software tools or advanced calculator to solve the equations.
     
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