# Which is a better method for Circuit Analysis?

• AchillesWrathfulLove
In summary, both methods can be used to solve circuits, but one method (node voltage) is faster than the other (mesh current). It all comes down to which method is more efficient and takes fewer unknowns.f

#### AchillesWrathfulLove

Node Voltage Method or Mesh Current Method.

Which is a better ...
Define "better" & say why you think one or the other might be "better"

Define "better" & say why you think one or the other might be "better"

Which method is faster?

Which method is faster?
Whichever one better suits your thought processes. There is nothing inherently "better", by any definition of "better" that I can think of, about one or the other.

atyy and Bystander
You need to be fluent in both.
The layout of some circuits will lend itself to one method,
the layout of other circuits will lend itself to the other method.

When you have worked enough homework problems it will become intuitive by looking at the circuit which method will be quicker.

You should practice by solving a lot circuits twice, once by each method to build your skill.
At first you'll probably get different answers because of beginner's awkwardness - keep at it until that no longer happens.
Then you're becoming competent at the craft .

old jim

The Electrician, skeptic2, mpresic3 and 1 other person
Which method is faster?

It depends on the circuit, sometimes one, sometimes the other. You should learn both.

atyy
Most of the time you need to use both.

m4r35n357
I prefer node-voltage, but I am also learning and using mesh current. Advances books in microelectronics refer to both of them, so it is important to become comfortable with both. It just takes practice.

AchillesWrathfulLove
I found that circuits with current sources lead to fewer equations with the Mesh Current Method because it usually eliminates an unknown variable.

jim hardy
I found that circuits with current sources lead to fewer equations with the Mesh Current Method because it usually eliminates an unknown variable.
There you go. Gaining ground already.

I found that circuits with current sources lead to fewer equations with the Mesh Current Method because it usually eliminates an unknown variable.

That's also how I define the "best" method. Whichever gives the fewest unknowns.

Fully case sensitive. Mostly, it is common to use Kirchoff's laws. But somewhere Mesh Analysis or Star-Delta TRansformation or Nodal Analysis or Superposition Theorem or Thevenin's Theorem Or any one.