IN THIS CHAPTER
In this chapter, we will do the following:
Not surprisingly, the behavior of an electric circuit is determined both by the types of elements that comprise the circuit and by the way those elements are connected together. The constitutive equations describe the elements themselves, and Kirchhoff's laws describe the way the elements are connected to each other to form the circuit.
We will see that series resistors act like a “voltage divider,” and parallel resistors act like a “current divider.” Also, series resistors and parallel resistors provide our first examples of an “equivalent circuit.” Figure 3.1-1 illustrates this important concept. Here, a circuit has been partitioned into two parts, A and B. Replacing B by an equivalent ...