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Thevenin resistance question

  1. Sep 7, 2010 #1
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    Hi,

    I had a question about how my textbook finds the thevenin resistance (Rth) for this question
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    I have already solved the thevenin voltage(3V) and I have a question about finding the Rth

    In the solution using a test current source of 1 A and I have been taught to short circuit
    the 4V independent source and find the voltage across the 1A test source

    Howver In the solution of the problem,

    470d.jpg


    The author has kept the 4V independent source instead of shorting it

    I was wondering why he/she decided not to short the 4V source


    thanks
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  3. Sep 8, 2010 #2

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    The method of setting the sources to 0 to find the equivalent resistance works when the circuit contains only independent sources. Since the circuit contains a dependent current source, you have to use another method, like applying a test voltage or current, and with this method, you leave the sources alone.
     
  4. Sep 8, 2010 #3
    thanks for the reply
    im sorry to bother you but in a previous question the authour short circuited an independent voltage source in a circuit with both dependent and independent sources when finding the thevenin resistance of the circuit, do you mind explaining why they shorted the independent voltage source for the following question

    question:
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    solution:
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    I was wondering why in one case the author shortcircuited the independent voltage source and in the other case he kept the source

    thanks
     
  5. Sep 8, 2010 #4

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