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Experiment # 04
Circuit Theorems
Object:
Illustrate the superposition theorem.
Thevenin’s and Norton's theorem.
Reciprocity theorem for linear circuits
Apparatus:
Dual DC power supply (0

20V).
Multimeter.
Ohmmeter.
Three

port resistor network.
Circ
uit board.
Different resistors.
Experimental set

up and procedure
:
I. Two

port resistor network
Consider a two

port resistor network as in Fig. 1.
Fig.1
1. Set up the circuit in Fig. 1.
2. Connect port 1 to a DC powe
r supply (voltage source).
3. What is Thevenin's, and Norton's theorems?
4. Calculate the Thevenin and Norton equivalents of this circuit.
5. Take the necessary measurements to determine the Thevenin and Norton equivalents of this circuit.
6. Explain w
hy you took such measurements.
7. Give the % errors on the measured values.
I

Three

port resistor network
Consider the 3

port resistor network shown in Fig. 2.
Fig.2
a) Superposition theorem
1.
Apply different voltages V
2
at
port 1 and simultaneously apply V
3
at port 3
2.
Measure the short circuit current I
sc
at port 1 and record your values in Table 1
2
1
R
2
R
4
R
1
R
3
2
1
3
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3. Disconnect the power supply from port 2
4. Measure the current I
2
at port 1 when port 2 is shorted out for the differen
ce values of V
3
5. Disconnect the power supply from port 3
6. Measure the current I
3
at port 1 when port 3 is shorted out for the different values of V
2
7. Calculate the % error on I
sc
and record all your values in Table 1:
V2 (Volts)
V3 (Volts)
I
2
I
3
I
2
+I
3
I
sc
% Error
2
3
4
5
6
15
15
6
20
2
8. What is the superposition theorem?
9. Does it hold in this case? Explain
b) Thevenin and Norton theorems
1.
Connect a DC power supply to port 1 and apply a voltage V
1
= 10V
2.
Short

circuit the terminals in port 3
3.
At port 2, measure the open circuit voltage V
2
and the short

circuit current I
2
4.
Find the Thevenin and Norton parameters for port 2
5.
Disconnect the power supply from port 1
6.
Connect to port 1 a resistance equal to the power
supply internal resistance
7.
Measure the total resistance R
T
of the circuit at port 2
8.
Compare R
T
to the Thevenin resistance R
Th
and give the % error
9.
Complete Table II:
V
1
(Volts)
V
2
1
2
R
T
R
Th
% error
10
10. Does Thevenin's and Norton's th
eorems hold? Explain
c) The reciprocity theorem
1. Place the DC power supply at port 1 and apply different voltages U.
2. Short circuit the terminals at port 3
3. Connect an ammeter to port 2 and measure the current I
2
4. Interchange the voltage sourc
e and the ammeter and measure I
l
5. Compare I
2
to I
1
and give the % difference
6. Record your measurements in Table III :
U (Volts)
I1
I2
% Difference
2
5
10
15
20
7. What is the reciprocity theorem?
8. Is
this theorem obeyed he
re? Explain?
9. What could be the main origin of the calculated % difference?
Conclusion:
1. What did you learn from these experiments? Explain and give some applications?
3.
What could we place inside the three

port networks to make it not satisfy some o
f these circuit
theorems? Explain ?
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Experiment # 04
Name:
Section:
Circuit Theorems
I.
Two

port resistor network
5. Thevenin and Norton parameters
II.
Three

port resistor network
a) Superposition theorems
V2(volts)
V3 (Volts)
I
2
I
3
I
2
+I
3
% E
rror
2
3
4
5
6
15
15
6
20
2
b) Thevnin and Norton theorems
V
1
(Volts)
V
2
I
2
RT
R
th
% Error
c)
The
reciprocity theorem:
U (Volts)
I
1
I
2
% Difference
2
5
10
15
20
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