Nodal Analysis of a Circuit

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1. rainbow9

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Im trying to learn nodal analysis.I have the following circuit

I have selected V1 as the reference node.
I assume that since current flow from + to - terminal.The direction of current is from the positive terminal of the battery (12V) to the negative terminal.Current Splits from the point V1 and goes to the branches.

So i have

(v4-v1)/2=(v1-v2)/3+(V1-Vref)/2

I'm i correct?

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2. dorke

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Jun 20, 2015
The equation is correct.
The directions of currents are chosen arbitrarily,
but it must be kept consistently through all node equations.

What do you mean by "V1 as the reference node"?

I would choose the "ref" point to be the junction between the power supplies.
This way you have 3 equations with 3 unknowns for the 3 nodes V1-3 to solve.
In this case,The equation for node V1 is:
(12-V1)/2=(V1-V3)/2 + (V1-V2)/3

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3. Ratch

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Mar 10, 2013
Then why do you mark "ref" where the 1,4,2 ohm resistors come together?

Charge may or may not flow. Current is already flowing. "Current flow" means "charge flow flow", which is wrong and confusing. You should not be wondering which direction the current has. Do the algebra and let the values tell you.

No, You have one supernode and two regular nodes if your reference is at "ref". That means you need 3 equations to solve the problem. The equations are shown below. You only listed one equation. Ask if you have any questions on how the supernode is calculated. The answers are v1 = 10.4262, v2 = 7.23934, v4 = 22.977

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