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Resistors in parallel Thevenin circuit

  1. May 30, 2014 #1

    When calculating Rth, they took the parallel combo of he 40 kilo ohm and 160 kilo ohm resistors, then they added the 8 kilo ohm resistor that's in series with the combo.

    Maybe I'm having a brain freeze or something but how are the 40 kilo ohm and 160 kilo ohm resistors in parallel? They don't have the same voltage across them?
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  3. May 30, 2014 #2


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    When finding a Th equivalent circuit, voltage sources are treated as a short circuit when figuring Rth
  4. May 31, 2014 #3


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    The answer arrived at by this method should be the same as you'd calculate using the open-circuit voltage / short-circuit current approach. This means you can always check your own answer. :smile:
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