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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Jack, Mar 14, 2008.

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  1. Jack

    Jack Guest

    Consider in the first case, I have a ground potential sticked on a simple AC
    circuit, with a AC source and a linear resistor.
    However, when the polarity changes (say the current reverses its direction
    from going to the top of the circuit to going to the bottom of the circuit)
    Would all current sink to the ground instead of going around thru the
    So wouldn't such circuits be not making any senses?

    In the second case, a common-emitter transistor circuit, the dc supply are
    connected to the AC source over the bottom of the diagram.
    Would the ac voltage, during a negative cycle, reinforce the dc supply in
    that transistor circuit?

  2. Andrew Holme

    Andrew Holme Guest

    Simple answer? No. All the current flowing through the resistor returns to
    the AC source, none of it flows to ground. The ground has no effect on the
    circulating current in either direction.
    I don't understand what you mean. Are the AC and DC sources in series or

    Try posting a schematic using
  3. Jack

    Jack Guest

    Consider in the first case, I have a ground potential sticked on a simple
    Does that mean the ac source (negative end during a negative cycle) has a
    lower resistance than the ground?
    I only know that the ground is a pond of charges with 0V potential. Do all
    electrons replenish from negative end of the ac source and charges never
    come from the ground?
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  4. Jack

    Jack Guest

    Sorry my IE7 just gone crook....
  5. Andrew Holme

    Andrew Holme Guest


    The not so simple answer is that the effect of the ground is vanishingly
    negligible, except in physically large circuits or at high RF frequencies.

    The total voltage across the two sources in series is their sum. The AC
    component reinforces and opposes the DC voltage on alternate half cycles.
    If the DC voltage is 5V and the AC voltage is 1V peak, the sum varies
    between 4V and 6V.

    BTW - That transistor would need some form of DC biasing in a practical
  6. Jack

    Jack Guest

    Then I have a question. With ordinary circuit breakers (fuse) in an electric
    when the power surges/short-circuits , how come the electron can find its
    path quickly, grounding themselves, without delay?
    If nothing can "supersede" the path for the resistors?
  7. Andrew Holme

    Andrew Holme Guest

    At the instant the ground connection is attached, there may be a brief flow
    of charge, but this stops once the circuit node is anchored to 0V ground
  8. Jack

    Jack Guest

    At the instant the ground connection is attached, there may be a brief
    Ummm Thanks... I would like to look into more of these topics.
    Any books recommended?
  9. Andrew Holme

    Andrew Holme Guest

    OK, so we're talking about the mains supply. There is a circuit breaker and
    a load resistor. The mains electricity system is physically large. It has
    capacitance to ground and is physically connected to ground at source.

    Current flows to ground and the breaker trips if one side of the resistor is
    suddenly grounded. Ground current ceases once the load resistor reaches 0V
    ground potential. This may take a few microseconds, depending on the size
    of the circuit. Current will briefly continue to flow through the resistor
    also, but that too stops in microseconds.
  10. neon


    Oct 21, 2006
    What is GROUND somebody mentioned 0v that is not so . GROUND is merely your, mine, somebody else reference point and a point where all voltages are measured from to . And ground can be set at any voltage above/ below from rails. Example ac converters may have battery power from battery set to +/- 600volts and ground set anywhere that is my design ground so that is my ground reference. i could use -600v as ground or +600v as ground it is design choice. I actualy work on logic where the -5v was the ground for interface purposes/
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