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Lecture 9

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Lecture 9

Superposition

- In a linear system, the linear responses of linear independent sources can be combined in a linear manner.
- This allows us to solve circuits with one independent source at a time and then combine the solutions.
- If an independent voltage source is not present it is replaced by a short circuit.
- If an independent current source is not present it is replaced by an open circuit.

- If dependent sources exist, they must remain in the circuit for each solution.
- Nonlinear responses such as power cannot be found directly by superposition
- Only voltages and currents can be found by superposition

Find I1, I2 and Vab by superposition

Step 1: Omit current source.

By Ohm’s law and the

voltage divider rule:

Step 2: Omit voltage source.

By the current divider rule and Ohm’s law :

Combining steps 1 & 2, we get:

Find Ix by superposition

Activate only the 16 A Current source at the left. Then

use Current Divider Rule:

Activate only the 16 A Current source at the right. Then

use Current Divider Rule:

Activate only the 64 V voltage source at the bottom. Then use Ohm’s Law:

Sum the partial currents due to each of the sources: