Different loop getting different answers?

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1. hitmen Thread Starter Active Member

Sep 21, 2008
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I need help with regard to this qns. I am supposed to use Thevenin theorem to find V aross the 8kΩ resistor.

Note that the voltage across the voltage source is 12V.

I broke the circuit after the 4kΩ resistor.
I am now trying to find V ab open circuit.

Since no current flows through 4kΩ, 2mA flows through 2kΩ resisor.

I across 6kΩ is (3k)/(9k) * 2mA = 2/3 mA
I across 3kΩ is 4/3 mA using voltage divider rule.

PD across 3kΩ is 4V.
PD across 6kΩ is 4V.

Here is my qn. If I take the loop across the 12V voltage src, my V ab open circuit will be 4V + 4V + 12V = 20V.

However, if I take the loop across the 6kΩ resistor, V ab open circuit is 4V + 4V = 8V.

Where have I gone wrong?

This problem is adapted from Basic Engineering Circuit Analysis 8th Edition.

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2. mik3 Senior Member

Feb 4, 2008
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The voltage across ab is 8 volts. If you find the thevenin voltage across ab with the voltage divider circuit of the 3K and the 6K resistors then you find 8 volts and a thevenin resistance of 4K.

3. hgmjr Retired Moderator

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I came up with 8 volts just like Mik3

hgmjr

4. hitmen Thread Starter Active Member

Sep 21, 2008
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Err.. I am not concerned with the answer. I am more concerned with why I use 2 loops and get different answers. I get 8V for 1 loop and 20V for another.

Can we use pd divider rule when there is a voltmeter in the circuit?

5. mik3 Senior Member

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We assume the voltmeter has a very high input resistance (open circuit) so we can use the voltage divider rule.

I cant see where did u find the 4+4+12 voltages. Resistor 2K does not determine the thevenin voltage. Think of it.

6. hitmen Thread Starter Active Member

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I see. Do you mean to imply that we do not need to add the 12V voltmeter when we determine Vab open circuit. If so, then I understand where I have gone wrong.