Circuits can be serial, parallel and what else?

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  1. sircuit

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    What else can circuits be except serial and parallel? Anything else? What about hierarchical?
     
  2. nigelwright7557

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    Combinations of serial and parallel.
     
  3. studiot

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    In order to function a circuit must contain at least one loop so it cannot be hierarchical ( = a tree structure).

    However there is a relationship between the number nodes and loops which determines the number of equations you have generate and solve to solve a particular circuit.

    Further more complicated circuits may be planar or non planar. Planar networks can be created (drawn) in a plane without two elements crossing (intersecting) except at nodes.
    Non planar networks cannot.

    A further complication arises if you consider polyphase systems and delta - star configurations where series and parallel don't mean the same.

    Then, of course, whilst you can have series and/or parallel winding on a transformer, the relationship of primary to secondary is neither series nor parallel.
     
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