Circuits can be serial, parallel and what else?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by sircuit, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. sircuit

    Thread Starter New Member

    Dec 1, 2011
    What else can circuits be except serial and parallel? Anything else? What about hierarchical?
  2. nigelwright7557

    AAC Fanatic!

    May 10, 2008
    Combinations of serial and parallel.
  3. studiot

    AAC Fanatic!

    Nov 9, 2007
    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.