a question about kirchoff's rules

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Joined Aug 14, 2008
We all have studied one of the most important laws for analysis of complex circuits known as Kirchoff's rules!
I have a question about his first rule in which he states that the sum of all currents meeting a single point zero, it is a convention that charges flowing towards a point are taken as positive and that are flowing away are taken as negative. The law is proved by taking four wires. But what happens if we take odd number of wires, suppose if we take five wire of same current which are going to meet a single point, will it follow the kirchoff's first rule?

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Joined Nov 9, 2007
Kirchoff's rules are followed by any number of wires greater than 1, meeting at a node. (junctions points are called nodes).


Joined Jul 24, 2008
This is based off of conservation of matter/energy. There is no combination that this won't work. Think about it for a second. It just ... makes sense.



Joined May 27, 2008
think about place where water is coming from a source and is dividing into two groups to go to certain destination. consider the junction where water is divided and thin what happens:
1. is the total amount of water after dividing into will be decreased or increased or be the same.
2. think about gate, if three people enter so how many people leave that gate if there is accident takes place there