Homework: Rx=? to get maximum power transfer at point M

Thread Starter


Joined Oct 3, 2019

after calculations I end up in the circuit below¨ (Thevenin equivalent)


So now I have to say Rth=RL and I will find Rx ?

The initial circuit is this:



Joined Feb 17, 2009
So now I have to say Rth=RL and I will find Rx?
Yes, but it will be impossible to have Rth = RL = 20Ω in this case. Since any Rx resistor in parallel with 14Ω resistor will give you a lower equivalent resistance. Or maybe a negative resistance is allowed?

So, do you know the answer?

The Electrician

Joined Oct 9, 2007
The last schematic shown near the bottom of your calculations is confused. You have a node labeled A, and VA is the same as Vo. What is the voltage at the output node where you inject IN? Maybe you should call that VB; for sure don't call it Vo. You have made the same mistake you did in the other thread. You haven't got the correct voltage across the 10 ohm resistor. Fix the expression for the voltage across the 10 ohm resistor and do your calculations again.

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The Electrician

Joined Oct 9, 2007
I made a mistake when checking your Rth; it is indeed 20 ohms. As you say, the practical answer is for Rx to be open circuit, although as Jony130 suggested a negative resistance (-140/3 ohms ;)) would give the maximum power transfer from the source.