Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by sevag00, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. sevag00

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 22, 2013
    Hello. I need some help with a homework problem. Will someone check if my solution is correct?
    The questions is to find V[sub]0[/sub] using KVL and KCL.
    Here is the circuit:

    And here's my solution:

  2. WBahn


    Mar 31, 2012
    The beautiful thing about so much of engineering is that once you find an answer to a problem, you can usually verify the validity of that answer from the answer itself.

    So in this case start with the output voltage you found and assume that it is correct. The walk it back through the circuit determining the voltages and currents as you go and then see if you end up with 4mA flowing downward in the left-most branch. If you do, then you have the correct answer. If not, then you don't.
  3. WBahn


    Mar 31, 2012
    You need to work on being neater with your work and tracking your units.

    You use I1 in the equation for Loop I (and I5 in the equation for Loop III) but you never define either of them on the diagram. In particular, you don't indicate what direction they are defined to be.

    Redo your math for Loop II.

    If you are going to do the math along the way, you need to be sure to keep sufficient sig figs in the intermediate results. The rule of thumb in engineering is to report results to 3 sig figs. This means that intermediate results should have at least 4 and preferably 5 sig figs. Some of your results are barely 1 sig fig. Even if you had done the algebra correctly your intermediate results would have left you with a nearly 6% error in your answer. That's about 50 times what should be acceptable.