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Homework Help: Use node-voltage method to find current?

  1. Feb 25, 2013 #1
    use "node-voltage" method to find current?

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    http://imageshack.us/a/img213/8582/homeworktest2prob1.jpg [Broken]

    a. Use the node-voltage method of circuit analysis to find the branch currents Ia, Ib, and Ic in the circuit

    b. Find power associated with each source and state whether the source is delivering or absorbing power.

    2. Relevant equations

    V = IR

    Nodal analysis ?

    P = IV

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I assume it means nodal analysis, so:

    http://imageshack.us/a/img594/8576/homeworktest2prob1edit.jpg [Broken]

    my equations starting are:

    (Va - Vb)/5Ω = Ia

    Vb/10Ω = Ib

    Vc/40Ω = Ic

    3A + Ia = Ib + Ic

    Va = 50V and Vb = Vc right at the beginning


    3A + (Va - Vb)/5Ω = Vb/10Ω + Vb/40Ω

    3A + (Va - Vb)/5Ω = (4Vb + Vb)/40Ω;

    (then added (-Va + Vb)/5Ω to both sides and multiplied for common denominator:)

    3A = (-8Va + 8Vb + 4Vb + Vb) / 40Ω

    (substitute Va = 50V and combine like terms)

    3A = (-400V + 13Vb)/40Ω

    120V = -400V + 13Vb;

    Vb = 520V/13

    Vb = Vc = 40V

    Ib = (40/10)A

    Ib = 4A

    Ic = 40/40A

    Ic = 1A

    Ia = -3A + 4A + 1A

    Ia = 2A

    P = IV

    P from 50V = 2A*50V

    = 100W supplied

    P from 3A = 3A * 40V

    = 120W supplied

    Looks good or no?

    and the power absorbed by the resistors adds up to the same amount
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  3. Feb 25, 2013 #2


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    Re: use "node-voltage" method to find current?

    I did a quick check and got Ia = 2 so I figure you've got the rest right as well, but I didn't actually check any of them
  4. Feb 26, 2013 #3


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    Re: use "node-voltage" method to find current?

    It looks funny to have both Vb and Vc, since they are the same node. I'd just label it Vb.
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