# Power through current sources

Discussion in 'Electronics Homework Help' started by Constant, Feb 16, 2015.

1. ### Constant

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So the voltage across the two upper branches is 8V.

Working through say the top branch, the voltage difference across the current source must be 8V-6V=2V.

Hence P=IV = 2 X 4mA = 8mW.

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2. ### Harald KappModeratorModerator

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Nov 17, 2011
I say your answer isn't incorrect. I arrive at the same value both by a back of the envelope calculation and by simulation. In my view the answer provided in the task description is wrong.

3. ### Ratch

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Mar 10, 2013
Yes, the answer key is wrong. The 4 ma source absorbs 8 mw and the 2 ma source supplies 20 mw.

Ratch

4. ### KrisBlueNZSadly passed away in 2015

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Nov 28, 2011
Just trying to clarify...

I guess the original circuit can be simplified down to this:

Do you agree with that diagram?

Then the power dissipated in each current source can be calculated using the Power law, taking into account the direction of current flow.

So you guys are assuming that the arrow in the current source represents the direction of conventional current flow? AFAIK that's true; I've never seen a current source where the arrow direction represented electron flow.

5. ### Ratch

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I don't know how the rest of this group interprets the diagram, but I go by what a voltmeter and ammeter would indicate.

Ratch