FUNDAMENTAL LAWS THAT GOVERN ELECTRIC CIRCUITS
Fundamental laws that govern electric circuits:
- Ohm’s Law
- Kirchoff’s Law
These laws form the foundation upon which electric circuit analysis is built.
Common techniques in circuit analysis and design:
- Combining resistors in series and parallel.
- Voltage and current divisions.
- wye to delta and delta to wye transformations
THESE TECHNIQUES ARE RESTRICTED TO RESISTIVE CIRCUITS.
What is Ohms law?
Relationship between current and voltage with in a circuit element.
The voltage across an element is directly proportional to the current flowing through it → v α i
Thus:: v=iR and R= v/i
- R is called resistor
- Has the ability to resist the flow of electric current
- Measured in Ohms (Ω)
- RESISTOR HAS NO POLARITY
- THE RESISTANCE VARIES FROM 0 TO ∞
- ONLY LINEAR RESISTORS OBEY THE LAW
Conductance is the extrinsic property. This means that conductance is the property of an object dependent of its amount/mass or physical shape and size.
- The unit used is mho or siomens (S).
- It has the ability to conduct electric current
R and G are positive quantities, thus power is always positive (+) such that R absorbs power.
v = (2*10^-3)(10*10^3)
v = 20 volts
(a) i = 3/100 = 30 mA
(b) i = 3/150 = 20 mA
NODES, BRANCHES AND LOOPS
Elements of circuit can be interconnected in several ways and we need to understand the basic topology of this.
A branch represents a single element such as voltage source or a current source or a resistor.
A node is the point of connection between two or more branches.
Node is indicated by dot sign. When a short circuit has two nodes it actually becomes one node. If we redraw the first circuit as it has two common points shown in black color filled.
After redrawing the circuit becomes as below circuit. It shows three nodes a, b, c.
A loop is any closed path in a circuit.
Re draw the given figure:
- 1 voltage source
- 1 current source
- 3 resistors
There were 7 branches, 4 nodes, and 10 loops all in all.
Kirchoffs Circuit Law
The law states that at any node (junction) in an electrical circuit, the sum of currents flowing into that node is equal to the sum of currents flowing out of that node.
- Given the following circuit, write the equation for currents.
- Current in a close boundary.
- Use KCL to obtain currents i1, i2, and i3 in the circuits.
This animation shows a multiple loop circuit which illustrates Kirchhoff’s second law which states that the sum of the potential differences as you go around the loop is zero.
Kirchoff’s Voltage Law (KVL)
- Applied to a loop in a circuit.
- According to KVL ( the algebraic sum of voltage rises and drops in a loop is zer0.
Power= iv = i²R = v²/ R
V 5Ω = 5i
45-10i + 3vo – 5i =0
vo = 10i
45-Vo + 3vo -5i = 0
i = Vo/10
45-Vo +3vo -5 (Vo/10) = 0
There are two basic laws that were introduced to us.
The first law is the “Ohms Law” which states that the voltage across a resistor is directly proportional to the current flowing to through the resistor, represented by and equation V=IR. This law deals with the resistance (R).
An element with R=0 is called “Short Circuit” which means the resistance is almost or approaching to zero. If the resistance of the circuit element is approaching to infinity it is called “Open Circuit” this means that the current cannot flow because the path has been interrupted.
The second law is the “Kirchhoff’s Law“, which is divided into two parts, the “Kirchhoff’s Current Law“, which is the sum of the currents entering a node is equal to the sum of the current leaving the node, and the “Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law”, which states that the sum of voltage drop around the loop is equal to the sum of the voltage rises in the same loop.
There are three elements in a circuit.
The first element is the “Branch”; it represents a single element (Volt source or Resistor). Second is the “Node”, it is the point of connection between two or more branches. And lastly the “Loops“, which is any closed path in a circuit.
Ohm’s law states that the current through a conductor between two points is directly proportional to the potential difference across those two points. It means that more the resistance lesser current would flow. I=V/R This would apply to any component of a circuit. For example conductors would increase the current flow and the inductors would decrease it.