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13.1: Theory Overview

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  • Thevenin’s Theorem states that any linear two port network can be replaced by a single voltage source with series impedance. While the theorem is applicable to any number of voltage and current sources, this exercise will only examine single source circuits for the sake of simplicity. The Thevenin voltage is the open circuit output voltage. This may be determined experimentally by isolating the portion to be Thevenized and simply placing an oscilloscope at its output terminals. The Thevenin impedance is found by replacing all sources with their internal impedance and then applying appropriate series-parallel impedance simplification rules. If an impedance meter is available, an easy method of doing this in the lab is to replace the sources with appropriate impedance values and apply the impedance meter to the output terminals of the circuit portion under investigation.

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