# Help, finding current and voltage using Kirchhoff's Law

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by Luan Cristian Thums, Sep 22, 2014.

1. ### Luan Cristian Thums Thread Starter New Member

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What I tried, so far, is using both KLs, ended up with a bunch of equations and found I1 = -0.0367A, I2 = -2.94A and I3 = -3.19A. What I'm supposed to find are the currents I1, I2, I3 and the voltages V1 and V2.

Can someone point me in the right direction here? What is the best approach to solve this problem?

I'm attaching a image of the circuit.

Thank you.

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2. ### wmodavis Well-Known Member

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Write three loop equations.
Use standard mathematical techniques to solve for the unknowns I1, I2 & I3.
With those you can use Ohms law to determine the voltage drops V1 & V2 across the two resistors.

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3. ### Jony130 AAC Fanatic!

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Notice that V1 = 20V + 7*I3 , and I3 = 5*V1
So form there we can find V1 and I3
V1 = 20V + 7*5*V1 ---->V1 = -20/34 = -0.588235V
And I3 = 5*V1 = 2.9411A

And V2 = V1 + 2*I3

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5. ### Luan Cristian Thums Thread Starter New Member

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Sorry about that, it most certainly could have been resized.

6. ### JoeJester AAC Fanatic!

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here's a more reasonable size ....

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7. ### eduardo schmoller New Member

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I found: I1 = -0.04 A, I2 = -2.94 A, I3 = 0.22 A, |V1| = 0.64 V, |V2| = 6,6 V

8. ### Jony130 AAC Fanatic!

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From KVL we have V1 = 20V + 7I3 and additional I3 = 5V1 so if we solve this for V1 we get this result
http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=V_1 = 20 + 7*5*V_1
And from KVL V2 = Va - 2I3 = 90/17 = 5.294V

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9. ### MikeML AAC Fanatic!

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Here is what LTSpice says:

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11. ### The Electrician AAC Fanatic!

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Here's what I get:

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12. ### Luan Cristian Thums Thread Starter New Member

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Thank you sir, I got the same results!

Noticing that I3 = 5V1 and knowing that V1 = 20 + 7I3 I found I3 and V1, to later derive V2 from V2 = V1 - 2I3 (second loop).
Having the voltage drop on both resistors and knowing their resistance I used Ohm's law to get both still unkowned currents.

I believe that V2 = V1 - 2I3

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Fixed.

14. ### Luan Cristian Thums Thread Starter New Member

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There is 2 basics answers on this thread (I believe?!) one coming from V2 = V1+2I3 and the other from V2 = V1-2I3.
Which one is correct?

15. ### Luan Cristian Thums Thread Starter New Member

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Thank you very much for your help, specially for introducing me to this software. But R on the second resistor is 30 ohms.

16. ### Jony130 AAC Fanatic!

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Well because 2I3 is connect backwards the correct one is V2 = V1-2I3

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Also fixed:

18. ### The Electrician AAC Fanatic!

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In your simulation, I(B3) has a different polarity than I(V3); this will give different results for those places that have a defining equation involving I3 as defined in the original circuit. It looks to me like the current direction of B3 is the one that agrees with I3.

For example, your defining equation for the voltage source B1 is 7*I(V3), but I(V3) is going in the opposite direction compared to I3.

What do you get if you change the definitions of B1 and B2 so they use I(B3) rather than I(V3)?

19. ### MikeML AAC Fanatic!

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The current in B3 and V3 is going in the same direction. LTSpice's convention (conventional current, not electron current) is that the current that flows out of the + terminal of a voltage source carries a negative sign. See the attached circuit:

Since V3 is inverted, then -(I(V3)) is positive.

A radically different (but correct) solution. This is because of the way that LTSpice handles Behavioral Voltage and Current sources.

20. ### The Electrician AAC Fanatic!

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In post #9, you've shown an LTSpice simulation, but you didn't say whether you believe it's correct. Do you?

Looking at the original circuit, the left hand mesh shows that V1 = 20 + 7*I3. The right hand mesh shows that I3 = 5*V1. Making the obvious substitution, we get V1 = 20 + 5*7*V1; from this we get V1 = -20/34=-.588235

This is so simple that surely it is not mistaken, but this isn't what LTSpice gets in post #9. Is there something I'm not understanding?