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Lecture 7: Linear Dependent Sources

Today we will look at special voltage and current sources called dependent sources.

A dependent source has a voltage or current that depends on a different voltage or current somewhere in the circuit (or even in a different, detached circuit).

Ai Ic

Gm Vc

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Av Vc

Rm Ic

Four Types of Linear Dependent SourcesParameter being sensed

(controlling voltage/current)

Constant of proportionality

Output

Voltage-controlled voltage source … V = Av Vc

Current-controlled voltage source … V = Rm Ic

Current-controlled current source … I = Ai Ic

Voltage-controlled current source … I = Gm Vc

Analyzing Circuits with Linear Dependent Sources

- Circuits with linear dependent sources can be analyzed using the tools we have learned so far.
- A dependent voltage source acts like an independent ideal voltage source: it tells us what its voltage is, but the current is unknown.
- Similarly, a dependent current source tells us what its current is, but the voltage is unknown.
- We just need to write an extra equation that specifies what the controlling voltage or current is.

Linearity of I-V Relationship

- Whenever a circuit is composed only of the elements we have studied so far,
- Ideal Independent Voltage and Current Sources
- Linear Dependent Voltage and Current Sources
- Resistors
the I-V relationship is always a line. Simple examples:

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Equivalent Circuits

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- Consider the simple circuit composed of a voltage source and resistor.
- This circuit has a linear I-V relationship:
I = (V – VS) / R I = (1/R) V – VS / R

- With proper choice of VS and R, this circuit can mimic any other circuit we have studied so far.

VS

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VS/R

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