Voltages in Supernode: Shafia Needs Help!

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In summary, the conversation discusses the concept of nodal analysis with voltage sources, specifically the idea that a supernode has no voltage of its own. The question arises as to why this is the case and whether or not the current through a voltage source can be known in advance. It is noted that ideal voltage sources have no internal resistance, but when modeling a real life voltage source, an ideal voltage source is used in series with an external resistance.
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Shafia Zahin
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Hello Guys,
I have a problem in understanding Nodal Analysis with Voltage Sources.It says that a supernode has no voltage of its own.But I can't understand why?
Again,one more question,it says that there is no way of knowing the current through a voltage source in advance and that's why we have to use both KCL and KVL in case of a supernode.But what if the internal resistance of the voltage source is given?then we can know the current through it easily, or can't we?
I'm so confused,please help..:confused:
Shafia.
 
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Ideal voltage sources have no internal resistance. If you are modeling a real life voltage source, use an ideal voltage source in series with an external resistance.
 

Related to Voltages in Supernode: Shafia Needs Help!

1. What is a supernode?

A supernode is a circuit analysis technique used to simplify complex circuit diagrams. It is created by combining two or more circuit nodes that have the same voltage.

2. How do you calculate the voltage in a supernode?

To calculate the voltage in a supernode, you can use Kirchhoff's Voltage Law (KVL). This law states that the algebraic sum of all voltages in a closed loop of a circuit must equal zero.

3. What is the purpose of calculating voltages in a supernode?

The purpose of calculating voltages in a supernode is to simplify the circuit analysis process. By combining multiple nodes into a single supernode, the circuit becomes easier to analyze and the calculation of voltages becomes more straightforward.

4. Can voltages in a supernode be negative?

Yes, voltages in a supernode can be negative. This can occur when one or more of the individual nodes in the supernode have a negative voltage value. The negative voltage is taken into account when applying KVL to calculate the overall voltage in the supernode.

5. What are some common mistakes when calculating voltages in a supernode?

One common mistake when calculating voltages in a supernode is forgetting to include all the voltage sources in the KVL equation. Another mistake is not taking into account the direction of the current when applying KVL. It is also important to check for any incorrect sign conventions or incorrect labeling of nodes in the circuit diagram.

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