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Why do I get different answers with different methods - Thevenin

  1. Dec 18, 2017 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Determine the Thevenin equivalent of the following circuit:
    https://imgur.com/a/74UjA (Top image)


    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    The last 3 images in the Imgur album are all different approaches.

    I can't figure out what the right one is, and why the other ones are wrong. I spent hours searching on google, and I feel like I understand Thevenin/Norton well -now I am not so sure..-, but to no avail.

    Extra information:
    - Ub = Usource
    - "zal door Rv gaan" means "will pas through Rv"

    EDIT: I think my second attempt is correct. Uth = 5V. The 1st and 3rd method are presumambly wrong. I sort of have an idea of why, but I am still not 100% convinced.
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  3. Dec 18, 2017 #2


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    Can you write down the steps you are taking eg...

    1) Remove load resistors (none to remove in this case)
    2) Replace current sources with..

  4. Dec 18, 2017 #3


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    Hi Yealtas,

    Please upload your images and embed them in your posts as local attachments. You can use the UPLOAD button at the bottom right of the edit window.

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  5. Dec 18, 2017 #4


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    Yes and Rth = 5500 Ohms.

    Re: First image/attempt: You appear to be shorting the output to calculate I5 when you should be calculating the open circuit voltage (so I5 = 0).
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