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Homework Help: Y-delta/delta-Y transformation problem

  1. Sep 26, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data


    The question asks to find the current I going into the 2k resistor path using Y-delta or delta-Y transformations.

    2. Relevant equations

    Resistance in parallel

    1 / R = 1 / R1 + 1 / R2 ..

    Converting Delta to Y,

    R1 = RaRb / (Ra + Rb + Rc)

    Current divider formula

    Ix = (Rt / Rx) * Is

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I converted the delta network of 3 k Ohm resistors into a Y-network of 1k Ohms each using the above equation. (3*3) / (3 + 3 + 3) = 1. Then I got the total resistance of the network as 1.5 k Ohm. Then I used the current divider formula and found I as 2.14 mA.

    The only problem is I'm not sure if I found the total resistance of the network correctly. It's confusing. Can someone tell me if I did it right?
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2013
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  3. Sep 26, 2013 #2
    Right, it is ##1.5\,k\Omega##. It is easy to check - delta-Y network is symmetrical so there is no current through ##6\,k\Omega## resistor and you can get rid of it.
  4. Sep 26, 2013 #3


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    It looks like you managed to find the correct equivalent resistance of the subnetwork, but I'm not sure how you went about it given that you started by transforming the outer Δ to a Y. The reason I say this is because the "new" Y won't have the same central connection as the existing one, nor will it be at the same potential by symmetry (since the existing one has legs 3-6-3, while the new one has legs 1-1-1 all in kΩ). Just looks like a lot of work from that point!

    If you'd done the opposite and transformed the existing Y to a Δ, each new resistor would parallel one in the existing Δ, leaving a single Δ with a "wing" that can collapse to a single resistance and it's easy going from there.
  5. Sep 26, 2013 #4


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    Ah, so it is! Well spotted!
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