Use Kirchhoff's Law to find the current I in the circuit shown below. Choosing the best loop can simplify the problem. (a) Which loop in the circuit should you choose? (b) Calculate the current I
Kirchhoff's Second Law
∑V = 0
and the junction law
∑I = 0
The Attempt at a Solution
Firstly, the mark scheme says that the third loop should be used. The reason being that loop is the only loop with the current I going through the resistor. It makes sense to use the loop with I being the only current through the resistor. However, I do not understand how they know that the current through the 10 ohm resistor in the first loop is the same as the current through the 10 ohm resistor in the bottom loop.
Secondly, the mark scheme says I = 1.0 A. I'm assuming that was calculated the following way...
0 = 5 + 5 +10I
I = 1 A.
But that does not make sense to me either. I am using the following rule...
When I use that on the bottom loop I get the following -
0 = 5 - 5 - 10I
What am I doing wrong?