Why Can't the Node Near +V_o Be +13 Volts in This Circuit Analysis?

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• ravenprp
In summary, the conversation discusses setting a reference node and solving for Vo in a circuit. It is mentioned that the node near the + V_o can be +13Volts, but this does not help solve for Vo. The traditional approach would be to ground the bottom node, but any node can be "grounded" since no explicit ground is shown in the problem. The formula Vo = Vo+ - Vo- is mentioned as a way to solve for Vo. A diagram is provided and checked for accuracy.
ravenprp
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It can, no problemo. But that doesn't help you solve for Vo, now does it?

The traditional approach would be to ground the bottom node, but you can "ground" any node you want to, since no explicit ground is shown in the problem. But Vo = Vo+ - Vo- in any case.

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Very good, but check your last assertion that Vo = V3 + V2. It's really a difference, isn't it?

My mistake... thanks for pointing that out!

1. What is circuit analysis?

Circuit analysis is the process of studying and understanding the behavior of electric circuits. It involves using mathematical models and techniques to analyze and predict the voltage, current, and power flow in a circuit.

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The two main methods used in circuit analysis are Kirchhoff's laws and Ohm's law. Kirchhoff's laws are used to solve complex circuits by applying conservation of charge and energy. Ohm's law is used to calculate the voltage, current, and resistance in a circuit.

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