DC circuits, Kirchhoff's Laws

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Oct 5, 2013 (4 years and 8 months ago)

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DC  circuits,  Kirchhoﬀ
`
s  Laws
CHM6158C  -­‐  Lecture
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Alternating Current (AC), Direct Current (DC)

DC Circuits

Resistors

Kirchhoff
`
s Laws
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Electric  current
Movement of electrons in a conductor
Examples of good conductors:

copper

aluminum

silver
Cable enclosed with an insulating
material (e.g. polyethylene)
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Units
:

Charge (Q)

Coulomb (C)

1.603x10
-19
C

Voltage (V)

Volts (V)

1 V = 1 J/C

Current (I)

Amperes (A)

1 C/s

Power (P)

Watts (W)

P = IV
At what speed does
electricity propagate?
A current of 100 mA can be lethal !
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Conduc@vity
Conductivity = measure of a material
`
s ability to conduct an electrical current
Inverse:  Resis@vity  vs.  Resistance
silver > copper > aluminum
Resistivity
= measure of how strongly a material opposes the flow of electrical
current (units:
Ω
m) (inherent of material)
J
E

ρ
Magnitude of electric field (V / m)
Magnitude of current density (A / m
2
)
Resistance
= measure of how strongly a material opposes the flow of electrical
current (units:
Ω
) (dependent on cross-section and length of material)
I
V
R

OHM
`
s LAW
Strange units –
why?
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Alterna@ng  current  (AC)
AC (alternating current): movement of electric charges periodically changes
direction
Mains power: 110 V
RMS
, 60 Hz
Actually, this is the root-mean-square (RMS) voltage = V
0-p
/sqrt(2)
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Direct  current  (DC)
Current flowing in
one
direction
(typically static or changing slowly)
Exact nature of voltage depends
on power source
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DC  circuit
e.g. battery
Can think of this as movement of
electrons from source potential

to
+

around the circuit
However, convention in electronics, current
moves from + to – in the circuit. This can be
imagined as a movement of the charge as
l
holes
z
(i.e., absence of electrons), which
is especially useful for semi-conductors
(diodes, transistors).
What will determine the amount of
current that will move through the
circuit for a given voltage?
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Ohm
`
s  Law
Convention
: current flows from + to – in the circuit
What is voltage here?
e.g. +3 V and -3V
What is voltage here?
Voltage drop
across

the resistor
What is the
current in the
circuit?
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Resistors:  facts
Made of a compound, film or
resistance wire (e.g. nickel/chrome)
Important consideration: what is the
maximum dissipative power (W) that a
resistor can tolerate?
P = IV = I*(IR) = I
2
R
Resistors will burn out if the dissipative
power is too great!
Symbols:
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Resistor  nota@on
4 bands: 5% accuracy
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Kirchhoﬀ
`
s  Laws
1.
At any node in an electrical circuit, the
sum
of the
currents

flowing into that node is equal to the sum of the currents flowing
out of that node. (= conservation of charge)

For a
parallel
circuit of N resistors, the total current
I
into the
junction equals the sum of currents (I
1
+ I
2
+ I
3
+ …. + I
N
= I
total
)

For a
series
circuit of N resistors, the sum of the voltage
drops (IR
1
+ IR
2
+ IR
3
+ …. + IR
N
= V
source
)
I
t
I
1
I
2
2.
The directed sum of the electrical potential differences around
a closed circuit is zero (= conservation of energy)
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Resistors  in  series
1.5 V battery
Current is the
same
everywhere
in the circuit.
)
(
2
1
2
1
R
R
I
IR
IR
IR
V
total
in

By analogy for N resistors in
series:
)
(
...
1
2
1

N
N
total
in
R
I
IR
IR
IR
IR
V
What can this principle
be useful for?
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Resistors  in  parallel
Voltage drop across each resistor identical, but current is
depends on resistance R.
In this case, total current = sum of currents
2
1
I
I
I
in

2
1
V
V
V
in

2
2
1
1
R
V
R
V
R
V
total
in

Know that

N
i
total
R
R
1
1
1
In general:
What will happen when
one resistor has a much
higher value than the other
one?
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Digital  mul@meter  (DMM)
Can measure resistances, voltage and
current (AC and DC).
N. B. In Lab Unit 1, will become familiarized with
measuring DC voltages.
If measure voltage, what do we want internal
resistance of the multimeter to be?
……………………………………
If measure current, what do we want internal
resistance of the multimeter to be?
………………………………………..
Why would you
NEVER

connect multimeter in
measure between 0 and
+1.5 V?
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Equivalent  circuits
3
2
3
,
2
1
1
1
R
R
R

1
R
2
,
3

1
2
0

1
4
0

1
1
3
.
3
!
)
(
67
.
0
)
(
3
.
13
9
)
(
15
A
V
R
V
I
total

Ω

?
?
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Voltage  divider
In this case, would it be safe to
measure the
current
between
0.8 V
AB
and 0.6 V
AB
for
instance?
What consequences would this
have for the circuit?
What would happen to the circuit if
we measured the
voltage
between
0.8 V
AB
and 0.6 V
AB
?
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Examples
What is the current in this circuit?
Assume all resistors are
equivalent (100
Ω
), what is the
total resistance of these circuits?