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# 00 KCL rev F09 - EECS 314 Kirchhoff's Current Law We begin...

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EECS 314 // Kirchhoff's Current Law 9/1/10 © 2010 A. Ganago 2 © 2009 A. Ganago 7 I = dQ dt Definition of electric current dQ is the electric charge that crosses a surface, such as the cross-section of a wire, during the time interval dt I is the electric current Unit: 1 ampere = 1 A = 1 C / 1 sec KCL Similarities (1) • The definition of electric charge is similar to that of mass flow, for example, of incompressible liquid (water, etc.) © 2009 A. Ganago KCL 8 © 2009 A. Ganago 9 Flow = dm dt Definition of mass flow Of course, mass m is not continuous but we use this formula for simplicity, assuming that the change of mass dm is much larger than the mass of a molecule or atom KCL © 2009 A. Ganago 10 Conventions used in circuits (1) Direction of electric current is the chosen as the direction of motion of positive charges – Thanks, Ben Franklin … – Don’t worry about electrons and positive ions – just be consistent in bookkeeping! KCL © 2009 A. Ganago 11 Conventions used in circuits (2) The conventional direction of electric current is opposite to the direction, in which electrons move Electric current flow through a wire Electrons flow through the wire KCL © 2009 A. Ganago 12 Conventions used in circuits (3) Both the magnitude and the direction of the electric current determine the amount of charges moving in the circuit + 5 A - 5 A The same current can be shown in two ways… KCL
EECS 314 // Kirchhoff's Current Law 9/1/10 © 2010 A. Ganago 3 © 2009 A. Ganago 13 Practical Application (1) Ammeter has 2 terminals: Current In and Current Out.

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