Thevenin/ Maximum power transfer Theorem.

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by Eivhov94, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. Eivhov94

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    Hi guys!
    Can you please help me with this task. I can't agree with myself on what the maximum power transfer will be in this circuit.

    Here is the circuit:

    Task a)
    Compute Vth and Rth in this Thevenin-equivalent circuit.

    I calculated Vth to be 6 v, and Rth to 6 ohm, and Rs to 2 ohm. .

    task b)

    Determine R in order to achieve maximum power transfer to it from the rest of the circuit.
    Calculate the maximum power transferred.

    I calculated P to 40.5w. Is this correct?

    Thanks for your help!!
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2013
  2. Teknolog


    Sep 1, 2013
    For maximum power output, you will want to have the same resistance on the load as the Thevenin equivalent resistance.

    I took the liberty of uploading a mathematical explanation (from Hambley):

  3. interesting_dude

    New Member

    Jul 28, 2013
    I think it should be equal to 6 Ohms.
    With 6 Ohms power dissipated along that resistor = 1.5 Watts.
    With 7 Ohms power dissipated along that resistor = 1.49 Watts.
    With 5 Ohms power dissipated along that resistor = 1.48 Watts.
  4. WBahn


    Mar 31, 2012
    What on earth is Rs? The circuit diagram makes no mention of an Rs. We aren't mind readers -- clearly define or indicate what you mean by the symbols you use.

    Are you saying that you used this as your load? Why? How did you come up with that particular value? Show your work. Again, we aren't mind readers.

    So what value of R did you come up with? Apparently R here is NOT the same as the Rs you had in task a, otherwise you wouldn't be using different names, right? Again, we aren't mind readers.

    How did you calculate that power? Show your work! Seeing HOW you got a wrong answer goes a long way to determining WHAT you did wrong. Don't make us guess. We aren't mind readers.

    Notice a theme?

    Also, start asking if the answer makes sense.

    Q1) If you have a 6V source in series with a 6Ω resistor (and further in series with a load resistor Ro), what is the absolute maximum amount of current that can be pulled from the 6V source?

    Q2) How much power is the 6V source delivering under these conditions?

    Q3) Can it ever deliver more power than that?

    Q4) How does that compare with the power you are claiming is delivered to the load?

    Q5) What does that tell you about your answer?
  5. WBahn


    Mar 31, 2012
    Please don't just give out answers. Guide the OP toward finding the answer on their own.
  6. interesting_dude

    New Member

    Jul 28, 2013
    Excuse me, I'm not so experienced in English language to explain everything correctly the first time, but I approve such approach too. :cool: