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Homework Help: Superposition, circuit analysis.

  1. Jan 12, 2014 #1
    Hi, could check if I have the right answer please. The question (Q 4b) is in the attached image below.

    My answer is:

    First for analysis the DC voltage source.

    i2 = 0.82A, i1 = 1.97A

    therefore V across 10Ω resistor = 11.5V.

    For the analysis of the current source I got a bit confused, however, I think I might have got it right. I shorted the voltage source and found the current across the 50Ω resistor by doing:

    Rt= (10//2) + 12 = (41/3)

    i50Ω = (Rt*is)/(Rt+50Ω) = 0.86A

    Then to find the current across the 10Ω resistor:

    Rt = 2Ω hence i10Ω = (2*0.86)/(2+10) = 0.14A.

    Thus V10Ω = 1.4V.

    Then adding the two separate source responses across the 10Ω resistor the total voltage V10Ω= 1.4 + 11.5 = 12.9V.

    Is this correct? :confused:

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    Last edited: Jan 12, 2014
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  3. Jan 12, 2014 #2

    rude man

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    There is no 50 ohm resistor.

    First thing is to label the resistors and sources. Put in numbers only at the very end.
  4. Jan 12, 2014 #3
    Woops lol.I'll try again.
  5. Jan 12, 2014 #4
    First if we remove current source we have a simply voltage divider:
    Vx1 = 110V * (10||14)/(5 + 10||14)
    Next we connect a current source but we short a 110 voltage source we have a very simple current divider.
  6. Jan 12, 2014 #5
    The circuit divider doesn't seem that simple to me. ?????????
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  7. Jan 12, 2014 #6

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  8. Jan 12, 2014 #7
    Thanks that's excellent, but how do you know to make the equivalent circuit like that? I was trying to draw it with the 4Amp going into the circuit splitting between the 5ohm resistor and the other branch.
  9. Jan 12, 2014 #8
    Hey what can I say, I simply look at the circuit and I see equivalent circuit after some thought.
    So all you need is some experience, that's all.
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