ECE 2006 Lecture for Chapters 1 & 2 S.Norr. Fundamental Laws of Circuits Ohm’s Law: –The voltage across a resistor is directly proportional to the current.
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Fundamental Laws of Circuits Ohm’s Law: –The voltage across a resistor is directly proportional to the current through it. –The constant of proportionality is called Resistance
Resistance The electrical resistance, R, of a material is dependent on its Resistivity, Length and Cross-Section. Examples: Copper has a Resistivity of 1.7 x 10 -8 Ohm-meters. Glass has a Resistivity of about 10 12 Ohm-meters.
Conductance Conductance, G, is the inverse of Resistance It is sometimes easier to consider the Conductance of a material instead of its Resistance. G = 1 / R = I / V
Open/Short Circuits A circuit element having no resistance is considered to be a Short Circuit (infinite conductance) A circuit element having infinite resistance is considered an Open Circuit (zero conductance)
Circuit Topology Branch – Part of a circuit containing only one element, such as a resistor or a source. Node – A point of connection between two or more Branches Loop – Any closed path contained within the circuit of interest
Series and Parallel Two (or more) branches are in Series if they share a single node exclusively. –Branches in Series carry identical current Two (or more) branches are in Parallel if they connect to the same two nodes –Branches in Parallel have identical voltage
Types of Branches Branches that are a Source of Energy: Branches that are a Load (Dissipate Energy): Resistor
Counting Branches and Nodes The number of Branches in a circuit is the same as the number of circuit elements The number of nodes is representative of all places in the circuit where branches connect
Kirchhoff’s Laws Based of the Law of Conservation of Charge (conservation of energy): The algebraic sum of charges within a closed system cannot change. KCL – Kirchhoff’s Current Law: The algebraic sum of currents entering a node (or any closed boundary) is Zero. KVL – Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law: The algebraic sum of voltages around a Loop (or any closed path) is Zero/