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16.1: DC Circuit Equations and Laws

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    Power Equation of Ohm’s Law and Joule’s Law

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    NOTE: the symbol “V” (“U” in Europe) is sometimes used to represent voltage instead of “E”. In some cases, an author or circuit designer may choose to exclusively use “V” for voltage, never using the symbol “E.” Other times the two symbols are used interchangeably, or “E” is used to represent voltage from a power source while “V” is used to represent voltage across a load (voltage “drop”).

    Kirchhoff’s Voltage and Current Laws

    “The algebraic sum of all voltages in a loop must equal zero.”

    Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law (KVL)

    “The algebraic sum of all currents entering and exiting a node must equal zero.”

    Kirchhoff’s Current Law (KCL)


    16.1: DC Circuit Equations and Laws is shared under a GNU Free Documentation License 1.3 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Tony R. Kuphaldt via source content that was edited to conform to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.