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Chapter 25. Electric Circuits. Direct Current. When the current in a circuit has a constant direction, the current is called direct current Most of the circuits analyzed will be assumed to be in steady state , with constant magnitude and direction

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Chapter 25

Chapter 25

Electric Circuits


Direct current

Direct Current

  • When the current in a circuit has a constant direction, the current is called direct current

  • Most of the circuits analyzed will be assumed to be in steady state, with constant magnitude and direction

  • Because the potential difference between the terminals of a battery is constant, the battery produces direct current

  • The battery is known as a source of emf


Sources of emf

Sources of emf

  • The source that maintains the current in a closed circuit is called a source of emf

  • Any devices that increase the potential energy of charges circulating in circuits are sources of emf (e.g. batteries, generators, etc.)

  • The emf (ε) is the work done per unit charge

  • Emf of a source is the maximum possible voltage that the source can provide between its terminals

  • SI units: Volts


Electric circuits

Electric Circuits

  • A circuit is a collection of objects usually containing a source of electrical energy connected to elements that convert electrical energy to other forms

  • A circuit diagram – a simplified representation of an actual circuit – is used to show the path of the real circuit

  • Circuit symbols are used to represent various elements


Resistors in series

Resistors in Series

  • When two or more resistors are connected end-to-end, they are said to be in series

  • The current is the same in all resistors because any charge that flows through one resistor flows through the other

  • The sum of the potential differences across the resistors is equal to the total potential difference across the combination


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Resistors in Series

  • The equivalent resistance has the effect on the circuit as the original combination of resistors (consequence of conservation of energy)

  • For more resistors in series:

  • The equivalent resistance of a series combination of resistors is greater than any of the individual resistors


Emf and internal resistance

emf and Internal Resistance

  • A real battery has some internal resistancer; therefore, the terminal voltage is not equal to the emf

  • The terminal voltage: ΔV = Vb – Va

    ΔV = ε – Ir

  • For the entire circuit (R – load resistance):

    ε = ΔV + Ir

    = IR + Ir


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emf and Internal Resistance

ε = ΔV + Ir= IR + Ir

  • ε is equal to the terminal voltage when the current is zero – open-circuit voltage

    I = ε / (R + r)

  • The current depends on both the resistance external to the battery and the internal resistance

  • When R >> r, r can be ignored

  • Power relationship: I ε= I2 R + I2 r

  • When R >> r, most of the power delivered by the battery is transferred to the load resistor


Resistors in parallel

Resistors in Parallel

  • The potential difference across each resistor is the same because each is connected directly across the battery terminals

  • The current, I, that enters a point must be equal to the total current leaving that point (conservation of charge)

  • The currents are generally not the same


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Resistors in Parallel


Resistors in parallel2

Resistors in Parallel

  • For more resistors in parallel:

  • The inverse of the equivalent resistance of two or more resistors connected in parallel is the algebraic sum of the inverses of the individual resistance

  • The equivalent is always less than the smallest resistor in the group


Problem solving strategy

Problem-Solving Strategy

  • Combine all resistors in series

  • They carry the same current

  • The potential differences across them are not necessarily the same

  • The resistors add directly to give the equivalent resistance of the combination:

    Req = R1 + R2+ …


Problem solving strategy1

Problem-Solving Strategy

  • Combine all resistors in parallel

  • The potential differences across them are the same

  • The currents through them are not necessarily the same

  • The equivalent resistance of a parallel combination is found through reciprocal addition:


Problem solving strategy2

Problem-Solving Strategy

  • A complicated circuit consisting of several resistors and batteries can often be reduced to a simple circuit with only one resistor

  • Replace resistors in series or in parallel with a single resistor

  • Sketch the new circuit after these changes have been made

  • Continue to replace any series or parallel combinations

  • Continue until one equivalent resistance is found


Problem solving strategy3

Problem-Solving Strategy

  • If the current in or the potential difference across a resistor in the complicated circuit is to be identified, start with the final circuit and gradually work back through the circuits (use formula ΔV = I R and the procedures describe above)


Chapter 25 problem 20

Chapter 25Problem 20

What resistance should you place in parallel with a 56-kΩ resistor to make an equivalent resistance of 45 kΩ?


Kirchhoff s rules

Gustav Kirchhoff

1824 – 1887

Kirchhoff’s Rules

  • There are ways in which resistors can be connected so that the circuits formed cannot be reduced to a single equivalent resistor

  • Two rules, called Kirchhoff’s Rules(Laws) can be used instead:

  • 1) Junction (Node) Rule

  • 2) Loop Rule


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Kirchhoff’s Rules

  • Junction (Node) Rule (A statement of Conservation of Charge): The sum of the currents entering any junction must equal the sum of the currents leaving that junction

  • Loop Rule (A statement of Conservation of Energy): The sum of the potential differences across all the elements around any closed circuit loop must be zero


Junction rule

Junction Rule

I1 = I2 + I3

  • Assign symbols and directions to the currents in all branches of the circuit

  • If a direction is chosen incorrectly, the resulting answer will be negative, but the magnitude will be correct


Loop rule

Loop Rule

  • When applying the loop rule, choose a direction for transversing the loop

  • Record voltage drops and rises as they occur

  • If a resistor is transversed in the direction of the current, the potential across the resistor is – IR

  • If a resistor is transversed in the direction opposite of the current, the potential across the resistor is +IR


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Loop Rule

  • If a source of emf is transversed in the direction of the emf (from – to +), the change in the electric potential is +ε

  • If a source of emf is transversed in the direction opposite of the emf (from + to -), the change in the electric potential is – ε


Equations from kirchhoff s rules

Equations from Kirchhoff’s Rules

  • Use the junction rule as often as needed, so long as, each time you write an equation, you include in it a current that has not been used in a previous junction rule equation

  • The number of times the junction rule can be used is one fewer than the number of junction points in the circuit

  • The loop rule can be used as often as needed so long as a new circuit element (resistor or battery) or a new current appears in each new equation

  • You need as many independent equations as you have unknowns


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Equations from Kirchhoff’s Rules


Problem solving strategy4

Problem-Solving Strategy

  • Draw the circuit diagram and assign labels and symbols to all known and unknown quantities

  • Assign directions to the currents

  • Apply the junction rule to any junction in the circuit

  • Apply the loop rule to as many loops as are needed to solve for the unknowns

  • Solve the equations simultaneously for the unknown quantities

  • Check your answers


Chapter 25 problem 72

Chapter 25Problem 72

The figure shows a portion of a circuit used to model muscle cells and neurons. All resistors have the same value R = 1.5 MΩ, and the emfs are ε1 = 75 mV, ε2 = 45 mV and ε3 = 20 mV. Find the current through ε3, including its direction.


Rc circuits

RC Circuits

  • If a direct current circuit contains capacitors and resistors, the current will vary with time

  • At the instant the switch is closed, the charge on the capacitor is zero

  • When the circuit is completed, the capacitor starts to charge, and the potential difference across the capacitor increases, until the charge reaches its maximum (Q = Cε)


Charging capacitor in an rc circuit

Charging Capacitor in an RC Circuit

  • Once the capacitor is fully charged (maximum charge is reached), the current in the circuit is zero, and the potential difference across the capacitor matches that supplied by the battery


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Charging Capacitor in an RC Circuit


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Charging Capacitor in an RC Circuit

  • The charge on the capacitor varies with time

    q = Q (1 – e -t/RC )

  • The time constant,  = RC, represents the time required for the charge to increase from zero to 63.2% of its maximum

  • In a circuit with a large (small) time constant, the capacitor charges very slowly (quickly)

  • After t = 10, the capacitor is over 99.99% charged


Discharging capacitor in an rc circuit

Discharging Capacitor in an RC Circuit

  • When a charged capacitor is placed in the circuit, it can be discharged


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Discharging Capacitor in an RC Circuit

  • The charge on the capacitor varies with time

    q = Qe -t/RC

  • The charge decreases exponentially

  • At t =  = RC, the charge decreases to 0.368 Qmax; i.e., in one time constant, the capacitor loses 63.2% of its initial charge


Chapter 25 problem 34

Chapter 25Problem 34

An uncharged 10-µF capacitor and a 470-kΩ resistor are in series, and 250 V is applied across the combination. How long does it take the capacitor voltage to reach 200 V?


Meters in a circuit ammeter voltmeter

Meters in a Circuit – Ammeter, Voltmeter

  • An ammeter is used to measure current in line with the bulb – all the charge passing through the bulb also must pass through the meter

  • A voltmeter is used to measure voltage (potential difference) – connects to the two ends of the bulb


Electrical safety

Electrical Safety

  • Electric shock can result in fatal burns

  • Electric shock can cause the muscles of vital organs (such as the heart) to malfunction

  • The degree of damage depends on

    • the magnitude of the current

    • the length of time it acts

    • the part of the body through which it passes


Effects of various currents

Effects of Various Currents

  • 5 mA or less

    • Can cause a sensation of shock

    • Generally little or no damage

  • 10 mA

    • Hand muscles contract

    • May be unable to let go a of live wire

  • 100 mA

    • If passes through the body for just a few seconds, can be fatal


Chapter 25

Answers to Even Numbered Problems

Chapter 25:

Problem 18

200 kJ


Chapter 25

Answers to Even Numbered Problems

Chapter 25:

Problem 26

2 A


Chapter 25

Answers to Even Numbered Problems

Chapter 25:

Problem 30

1 kW


Chapter 25

Answers to Even Numbered Problems

Chapter 25:

Problem 58

7.5 mJ


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