Solving a circuit with a dependent current source?

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by dbavaria, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. dbavaria

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    Mar 18, 2005
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    What is current ib? (aka current accross 2 ohm resistor).

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    The diamond shaped thing is a dependent current source that is dependent on ia (current across the 8 ohm resistor) and has a gain of 2 ( in other words it is 2ia).
     
  2. Brandon

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    Dec 14, 2004
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    Set up some nodal equasions

    Ib=Ia+2Ia Current at top Node
    R3*Ia= 42v - Ib*2 Voltage at top node
    R2*2Ia=42v - Ib*2

    these simplify down to this

    Ib=3Ia
    8*Ia=42-(Ib*2)
    8*Ia=42-(Ib*2) <--- we can toss this one.

    Ib=3Ia
    8*Ia=42-(Ib*2)

    Now we have a current equasion and a voltage equasion.
    2 equasions, 2 unknowns, there you go. Basic algebra now.
     
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