Ohm's Law - Query regarding Current flowing in Circuit

  1. 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    (i) Using Ohm’s Law, determine the equivalent resistance across the battery (I think I've worked this out but am not sure I'm right)

    (ii) Determine all the currents flowing in the circuit (I'm unsure how to get his?)

    2. Relevant equations
    Ohms Law

    3. The attempt at a solution
    See attached jpg potential solution to (i)

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  2. jcsd
  3. NascentOxygen

    Staff: Mentor

    Hi hockeynut! [​IMG]

    Once you have determined RD, and you know RA, you can calculate the current drawn from the battery. It all goes through RA, but divides and is shared between R2 and R3, for example.
  4. Hi NascentOxygen,
    Thank you for your advice. I will try what you have suggested.
    Most appreciated.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012
  5. Thank you for the help with the previous posting. I have gotten to the point attached, but am unsure regarding the voltage (current) accross the r3, r4, r5 , and r6. I think r1 and r2 are ok. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

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  6. NascentOxygen

    Staff: Mentor

    You are going to encounter problems when you write equations such as:
    I1 = 1.044 x 6 = 6.264V

    If I is current, then it can't have units of volts. Though it turns out that this isn't a calculation for current, 1.044 x 6 is a determination of voltage. So the subject of the formula won't be I1.

    Don't be afraid to write words in among your calculations. I always say the layout of your working should read like a well-written essay! To wit,

    Using RA and RD I determined the current in RA to be 1.044A.

    So with this current through RA voltage drop across RA = 6k x 1.044A = 6.264v

    Leaving voltage across R2 = 9.0 - 6.264 = ....

    With this voltage across R4, the current to ground via R4 = .....
    leaving a current through R3 of ....

    and so on. See how you go now. :wink:
  7. Hi NascentOxygen, Thank you kindly. I will review it tonight and see how I go. :)
  8. Hi Nascent Oxygen,
    Am I correct then in saying that the voltage going through loop two is 6.264v and divinding that by 8.62 resistance gives me the voltage for these two resistors R3 & R4 and follow the same rule for the next 2k / 1k resistor to get the right answer?
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012
  9. :confused:Hi,
    Does this look anyway right?

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  10. NascentOxygen

    Staff: Mentor

    The current through R1 is 1.044mA. This current causes a voltage drop across R1 leaving just 6.264v at the junction of R1-R2-R3. At this node, the current splits and 6.264/5 mA flows through R2 to ground.

    So you shouldn't show all of that 1.044mA going into R3, some of it is lost to ground via R2.
  11. Hi Nascent
    I went down the following route, see below workings:
    I = 9v/8.62k = 1.044 x 〖10〗^(-3)

    From the previous section,
    R_c=5.5 kΩ
    ⇒I_1=(5.5/(5.5+5)) I_tot
    ⇒I_1=(5.5/(5.5+5))×1.044 mA
    ⇒I_1=0.546 mA
    ⇒I_2=0.0498 mA

    R_A=3 kΩ
    ⇒I_3=I_4=(3/(3+3)) I_1
    ⇒I_3=I_4=0.273 mA

    Not sure I'm right...
  12. NascentOxygen

    Staff: Mentor

    (5.5/(5.5+5))×1.044 mA is the current to ground via R2.
    No sure what this is.
    Does the sum of the currents through R2, R4 and R6 equal 1.044 mA?
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2012
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