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5.1.1: Theory Overview

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    Multi-source DC circuits may be analyzed using a node voltage technique. The process involves identifying all of the circuit nodes, a node being a point where various branch currents combine. A reference node, usually ground, is included. Kirchhoff’s current law is then applied to each node. Consequently a set of simultaneous equations are created with an unknown voltage for each node with the exception of the reference. In other words, a circuit with a total of five nodes including the reference will yield four unknown node voltages and four equations. Once the node voltages are determined, various branch currents and component voltages may be derived.

    5.1.1: Theory Overview is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by James M. Fiore.

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