# **URGENT** DC Superposition Question

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by sh312, Dec 6, 2014.

1. ### sh312 Thread Starter New Member

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Would really appreciate if someone could provide a model answer for the attached question? I know that you have to short circuit both cells and work out the current flowing in each direction but then I just get all confusion.

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2. ### shteii01 AAC Fanatic!

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I got 0.428 Amperes.

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3. ### sh312 Thread Starter New Member

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Thank you, I have no idea how to do this, I'm attempting to crash an electrics module at university and have no idea how to do it :/ haha

4. ### shteii01 AAC Fanatic!

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You can use Mesh Current Method. You can use Node Voltage Method.

I did Superposition, then Mesh Current.

Step 1.
I shorted the 5 volt independent voltage source. That simplified the circuit into 6 volt independent voltage source and 3 resistors. Then I used Mesh Current Method to find current through RL.

Step 2.
I put 5 volt independent voltage source back into the circuit. I shorted 6 volt independent voltage source. That simplified the circuit into 5 volt independent voltage source and 3 resistors. Again, I used Mesh Current Method to find current through RL.

Step 3.
Take RL current from Step 1 and RL current from Step 2, add 'em.

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5. ### sh312 Thread Starter New Member

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Thank you soo much for your help, I appreciate it however I still think I'm doing is wrong, this is how i've attempted it, please don't laugh haha!

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6. ### shteii01 AAC Fanatic!

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RL is 10 Ohm resistor. They ask you to find current in RL. According to your drawing the current in RL is I3 and I5. Why the eF are you calculating I2 and I6?

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7. ### sh312 Thread Starter New Member

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I have no idea, I've just accepted the fact I can't do it haha! I don't understand how to calculate RL once one of the voltage supplies is short circuited

8. ### shteii01 AAC Fanatic!

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Replace one voltage source with short. Find voltage across RL. Apply Ohm's Law to RL to find current through RL.
Now do it again with the other voltage source.

9. ### sh312 Thread Starter New Member

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is this correct? Thanks again!

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10. ### shteii01 AAC Fanatic!

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Yes. That is correct.

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