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Unformatted text preview: Uniﬁed Engineering I Fall 2003 Problem S5 (Signals and Systems)
Consider the circuit below: Supernode V2
+ V1 +
– R4 R7 vo
R3 = 2 Ω, R4 = 1 Ω, R4 = 2 Ω, R6 = 2 Ω, R7 = 1 Ω,
V1 = 10 V , V2 = 5 V
Find the output voltage, v0 , using the node method. Note that because the two
voltage sources do not have a common terminal, it is not possible to choose a ground
node that is the negative terminal of both. As a result, one of the voltage sources
will be “ﬂoating.” Therefore, you will have to use the “supernode” method discussed
in recitation. The basic idea is to add the two node equations for the “ﬂoating”
voltage source. Each node equation has one term for the unknown current through
the voltage source. By adding the two equations together, the current terms cancel.
In essence, you are applying conservation of charge to the whole dashed region, rather
than just to a node.
Note: Feel free to use the loop method to check your answer, but use the node
method for your ﬁnal answer. ...
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